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The Wild Honey Collective formed in the summer of 2020 to perform original songs and traditional American folk music. Tommy McCord, Danielle Gyger, Timmy Rodriguez, and Dan O’Brien launched the project in rural Michigan as a back porch acoustic gathering purely for the love of music in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The natural getting-back-to-the-roots beginning of the band was very effective and led to the immediate recording of the 2021 The Wild Honey Collective: Volume 1 full-length debut album, which Local Spins described as having “its feet firmly rooted in classic country and folk while daring to allow its head to explore the technicolor clouds of psychedelia.” The principal founding quartet of The Wild Honey Collective has subsequently been joined by an esteemed roster of collaborators live and on record, including pedal steel guitarist and “vice principal” Adam Aymor, drummers Dave Shilakes, Kevin Adams, and Hattie Danby, bassist Nicholas Richard, Detroit music mainstay Jeremy Porter, and Michigan roots music pillars Mike Lynch and Drew Howard, among many other talented folks. The Wild Honey Collective is ever-evolving and encompasses sounds of traditional string band music, rowdy country rock, psychedelia, classic pop and more to preserve and nurture the lineage of Cosmic American Music.
The Wild Honey Collective may be a relatively 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, Kacey Musgraves, Fred Eaglesmith and folk-oriented arrangements of punk, alternative, and classic rock standards.
“Impressive country and Americana-hued music.” – Local Spins