Home is where the music is made, as Lincoln-grown band is learning

Andy Vaggalis (left), along with Chloe and Noah Gose, form Wildwoods, who will release their third album next month.

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Lincoln is at home. And now, burgeoning folksy Americana music set to release its third album Chloe and Noah, his two-thirds in his group Wildwoods, his goth for weeks at a time I have been touring the country for several months since. That fact.

When you were born here and educated from elementary school to Lincoln Pius X High School to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, you believe there’s a big world beyond the capital, and you long to see it.

That way, you can gain some perspective and appreciation.

A 3-month nationwide tour can also be a change of pace.

“After being on tour for the last three months, we realized that Lincoln loved it as a place to come back and call home,” Chloe said.

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In other words, it’s nice to have a place to call home, but not everyone is meant to spend every waking moment there.

For Goses and bassist Andy Vaggalis, true bliss is loading up a 1992 Damon Hornet and driving the RV from city to city playing music.

In March, they will embark on a month-long tour of the South, with more than 20 shows before the schedule is finalized.

And since they’re making the reservations themselves, the next month will be extremely busy putting together an itinerary for what March will look like.

“From Lincoln to Georgia,” said Noah. “We will also attack Pennsylvania, Delaware, South Carolina, and North Carolina.”

That’s a lot of miles. A lot of windshield time. More importantly, they say, they have seen America well.

And how this scheduling puzzle fits together. The first step is to identify the highest paying gigs and schedule them. From there, simply pull out the map and find the cities and venues to play there.

If all goes well (that’s a relative term), Wildwoods won’t be traveling more than three hours a day, playing music Wednesday through Sunday, and taking a little spirit out of everything Monday and Tuesday. take a break to take a meaningful break. .

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Andy Vaggalis (left), along with Chloe and Noah Gose, form Wildwoods, who will release their third album next month.

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“This method works really well for us,” Chloe said. “I had the opportunity to play in a really cool place.”

And when they get home, they have a support system: a set of parents to watch over the house, another set to look after Margaret the Basset Hound, and a lawn mower running fine on the lawn when needed. Neighbors. Keep home. Base up and running.

This is a piece of the puzzle, as each performance in a new location creates a new relationship, allowing us to return there on future tours.

The Wildwoods brand is getting bigger every day. His Instagram followers have surpassed his 154,000, and Edward Sharpe and his cover of the Magnetic Zeros hit “Home” have received over 6.3 million views.

Their genre can most easily be defined as Americana, fusing influences of folk, country, bluegrass and jazz to form a type of music characterized by music that is as much a melting pot of music as America itself.

The Wildwoods’ forthcoming album, Foxfield St. John, is named after the attic bedroom at the Air BNB that Chloe and Noah used years ago for $15 a night. It contains songs, all inspired by different cities and adventures. on the road.

“It was unintentional,” said Noah. “But this is a collection of songs I wrote while on tour.”

Their favorite is the song “West Virginia Rain,” inspired by their first trip to the mountain states.

Usually they park in or near the venue in an RV that their father converted to include a kitchen and bathroom. Many times I slept in a Walmart parking lot.

But this time, they rented a space at a campground and planned to spend two days off exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah River in honor of the late John Denver.

Instead, it rained. difficult. Two days in a row.

“I just opened the little canopy of my camper and sat under it,” Chloe said. “We worked on the song while it was raining.”

The song has some poignancy as well as a message that everyone can and should embrace, including the song’s author.

In fact, “West Virginia Rain” has little to do with West Virginia or the rain that ruined our plans.

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“The lyrics are a little more oriented towards portraying someone who wants to go somewhere, but I don’t think they should be so happy where they are,” Chloe said. .

A message for living in the moment. The past is the past. Uncertainty lurks in the future. But a present is really a gift.

That’s what makes the road so much fun for this group of musicians. And that’s what makes it feel just right to go home.

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