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The Wild Honey Collective is a Michigan indie-folk collective formed in the summer of 2020 by Tommy McCord (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Danielle Gyger (vocals, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, accordion), Timmy Rodriguez (vocals, bass, keys, guitar), and Dan O’Brien (vocals, banjo, bass, keys, accordion, guitar). Wild Honey came together as a form of catharsis amid the COVID-19 pandemic – with no shows to play, these four musicians came together on a back porch in rural Michigan to play traditional folk songs and write new material. Quickly building a catalog, the core four band members began a series of socially-distanced recording sessions that lasted for the duration of the fall season, with many makeshift home studio spaces around Michigan pressed into service to create the acoustically rich and vocal harmony-oriented 11-track The Wild Honey Collective: Volume 1 full-length debut album, released digitally in January 2021 via GTG Records and on vinyl by GTG and Recess Ops in June 2021.
The Wild Honey Collective may be a new project but the four principal members are longtime musicians with ties to Michigan and beyond – Tommy and Timmy are both members of the acclaimed psychedelic band Drinking Mercury, Tommy has over a decade of experience touring internationally with indie rock band The Plurals, Danielle is a veteran player at the legendary traditional music oriented Wheatland Festival as well as a frequent Drinking Mercury collaborator, while Dan’s multi-instrumental talents have been featured in a wide variety of West Michigan bands including The Adirondacks, The Straight Arrows, and many cover bands. With this long and diverse background, The Wild Honey Collective’s extensive catalog includes original folk and Americana songs, traditional folk songs (fiddle and vocal), classic country and country rock songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, The Byrds, John Prine, Jerry Garcia, Neil Young, The Carter Family, Buck Owens, The Rolling Stones, Merle Haggard, and The Everly Brothers, plus 21st century fare by Deer Tick, The Avett Brothers, Fred Eaglesmith and folk-oriented arrangements of punk, alternative, and classic rock standards.
“Impressive country and Americana-hued music.” – Local Spins