River Whyless have shared an evocative cover of Bob Dylan’s classic “It Ain’t Me Babe.” The band’s interlocking harmonies serve Dylan’s devastating lyrics well, blending the tenderness and grit this beloved song contains. The band kick off an East Coast tour tonight, including a key play in Brooklyn on September 22 at Rough Trade with The Dead Tongues. The full list of dates is below.

River Whyless’ interpretation came to be in bits and pieces of in-between time on tour. The band elaborate, “A verse would materialize in the green room before a show, the chorus murmured idly as we loaded the van. Our finished rendition seemed to happen organically, almost unintentionally, which is how we wish all songs could enter our repertoire — as a deceptively effortless aspect of our ongoing self-discovery.” Today’s release is a precious peek into River Whyless’ quieter moments, an artifact of candid times behind the scenes of their evolving music career. “In all stages, and even before we started singing it, the song maintained its relation to us; beautiful, brilliant, sad. It has always served as a kind of consolation in our struggle to be the lovers, children and companions we aspire, but sometimes fail to be.”



Sept. 18 | Burlington, VT at ArtsRiot

Sept. 19 | Concord, NH at Bank of New Hampshire Stage

Sept. 20 | Providence, RI at Columbus Theatre

Sept. 21 | Norfolk, CT at Infinity Hall

Sept. 22 | Brooklyn, NY at Rough Trade

Sept. 23 | Sellersville, PA at Sellersville Theater 1894

Sept. 25 | Charlottesville, VA at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall

Sept. 26 | Durham, NC at Motorco Music Hall

Sept. 27 | Mills River, NC at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Sept. 28 | Greenville, SC at The Radio Room

Sept. 29 | West Columbia, SC at The New Brookland Tavern

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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