River Whyless Exposes The Shiny Yet Fragile American Dream In “Born in The Right Country”

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Photo: Shervin Lainez

North Carolina-based quartet River Whyless has announced their upcoming new album Kindness, A Rebel that will be out on June 8th via Roll Call Records. Today they are giving us a taste of their record with the single “Born In the Right Country,” which strips down the superficial layers that conceals the cruel, mundane reality beneath the American Dream. Stream below:

In regards to the single, band’s Ryan O’Keefe explained, “At its core, ‘Born in the Right Country’ is about innate luck. Cosmic luck, that of an individual, born into a country or society which accepts them as that unique individual. ‘Born in the Right Country’ speaks both through the eyes of our president and the narrator. In the song, vanity seems to trickle down much more freely than money and you can see it take root in the middle and lower classes as we strive to live like the upper. The dominant class is built on the idea that anyone can, and should become like them. We were raised to call this the American Dream. It’s imperative to the success of the upper class that the American Dream stays as it is, a dream. Meanwhile, the reality persists, which is that the vast majority of people stay in the class to which they were born. Sure, there are people that break through, in our country especially, but the rich generally stay rich and the poor generally stay poor.”

River Whyless will start touring in April and will be announcing more show dates in the upcoming weeks:

4/13 – Stuart’s Opera House (Nelsonville, OH, USA)

4/14 – Oskar Blues’ Loaded Up & Truckin (Hendersonville, NC, USA)

6/1 – First Ward Park (Charlotte, NC, USA)

6/3 – Nelsonville Music Festival (Nelsonville, OH, USA)

6/7 – Martin’s Downtown (Roanoke, VA, USA)

6/9 – Cold Mountain Festival (Canton, NC, USA)

6/12 – Johnny Brenda’s (Philadelphia, PA, USA)

6/13 – Bowery Ballroom (New York, NY, USA)

6/15 – Narrows Center for the Arts (Fall River, MA, USA)

6/16 – Great Scott (Allston, MA, USA)

6/17 – Pete Seeger’s Clearwater Revival (Croton-on-Hudson, NY, USA)

6/19 – 9th Ward at Babeville (Buffalo, NY, USA)

6/21 – Lincoln Hall (Chicago, IL, USA)

6/22 – 7th Street Entry (Minneapolis, MN, USA)

6/23 – Pierce Hill Performing Arts (Viroqua, WI, USA)

6/25 – The Bottleneck (Lawrence, KS, USA)

6/27 – Vail Bluegrass Series (Vail, CO, USA)

6/28 – Brues Alehouse Brewing Company (Pueblo, CO, USA)

8/2 – The Moroccan Lounge (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

8/3 – House of Blues (Anaheim, CA, USA)

8/4 – The Chapel (San Francisco, CA, USA)

8/11 – Aladdin Theater (Portland, OR, USA)

8/12 – Tractor Tavern (Seattle, WA, USA)

8/18 – Rocky Mountain Folks Fest (Lyons, CO, USA)