Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts are an Alternative-Americana band based out of Dayton, Virginia tucked away in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Smith's unabashedly genuine songwriting and voice go hand in hand with The Wild Hearts raw energy making this band one worth not only listening to but experiencing live. His compositions and aesthetic as a producer create a unique amalgam of Americana that is peppered with mainstream sensibilities crossing a wide array of genres. With over 700 original songs, 8 independent releases, a solid East Coast touring schedule, notable festival plays (Bristol Rhythm & Roots 13 & 14, FloydFest 10 & 11, The Festy Experience 4 & 5, Jam Cruise 9, 11 & 12, Red Wing Roots Music Festival 1 & 2), a Fall 2013 Australia Tour and upcoming 2015 headlining shows at the prestigious State Theatre in Culpeper, VA & the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville, VA; Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Hearts have proven themselves to be studio journeymen and road tested workhorses.
Bryan Elijah Smith & The Wild Heart Revival released 'These American Hearts' at The State Theatre in Culpeper, Virginia on August 30th, 2014. This marks Smith's 8th full length studio effort & the 4th album that features The Wild Hearts. 'These American Hearts' was written over a year & a half in which Smith narrowed it down to 11 tracks from around a 100 that were written. The self-portrait story that unfolds digs deep revealing all the joys, sorrows, demons, love & heartache that life on the road manifests. The outcome is a batch of 11 of the most honest songs Smith has written to date. Produced by Bryan Elijah Smith over the course of a year & mastered by Brian Lucey (Ray LaMontagne, The Black Keys); it sonically reaches new heights not previously heard in Smith & The Wild Heart's catalog but has the same raw, backcountry energy that is certain to draw you into an album that will not only capture your ears but ultimately steal your heart.
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