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Wild Iris Album Release Party with Joe Kaplow & AJ Lee
Wild Iris is the culmination of efforts from Bryan Shelton and Kate Mullikin, who formed the band in the fall of 2013 after meeting at a beach side convenience store. Bryan was playing a big, black guitar and Kate started improvising a melody to compliment it. They hadn’t shared more than a few words before they were writing their next song.
Bryan already had the name Wild Iris in mind and Kate dug the double meaning, evoking the image of a flower and an eyeball. They adopted the moniker, released their home recorded debut EP in 2014 and began gigging with a back-up band. Kate’s poetic instincts provided the melodic structure for Bryan to build his flat picking under a style gleamed from years of practice as well as time well spent listening to Mississippi John Hurt, Woody Guthrie, and Ramblin Jack Elliott. The latter with whom Wild Iris has shared the stage.
Onstage, the band exuded a kind of therapeutic honesty, which when mixed with their elegant musicality went a long way with the Santa Cruz locals and they were encouraged to pursue a professionally recorded debut full length. Now with their second album, produced by Andy Zenczak of Gadgetbox Recording Studio, Wild Iris have put together a full band effort, recorded in a live setting, each song being played from start to finish.
$15 | All Ages
Doors at 7:30 PM
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