by Fated Genes
From the core members of Wild Blue Yonder comes this all-original disc of edgy Americana, folk/pop, alt-country.
Adopting the alter-ego name "Fated Genes" for this project, it features guitars (even a little Les Paul!), fiddles, mandolin, percussion, drums and tight vocals. WBY singer/songwriters Melissa Wade and Philip Coward venture further from the bluegrass fringes of their first two CD's, "Bolt Out Of The Blue" and "Above & Beyond," with this eclectic mix of tunes about love gone right and wrong, living for the here and now, and a Gospel tune for good measure. If you enjoyed the original songs from their first two projects, you will love this more intimate peek into the songwriting minds of Wade and Coward, expressed through energetic musicianship and soulful vocals.
Above & Beyond
by Wild Blue Yonder
"Above and Beyond," Wild Blue Yonder’s second release, is strong on originality while giving a nod to the best of the bluegrass tradition.
It contains seven tunes from the pen of band founders Melissa Wade and Philip Coward, three sizzling instrumentals and a few Gospel covers that will send your spirit soaring. Spiced up with a dash of percussion and a sprightly penny whistle, this disc is hard to classify but easy to enjoy.
“Above & Beyond” has received airplay on bluegrass and Folk stations across the U.S. and abroad. The second cut on the disc, “Sweet Summer Day,” was a particular favorite of a station in Australia, where it received substantial airplay soon after its release. The song sparks tender family memories for listeners of all ages with its tale of a rainy summer afternoon shared by four generations of women from a child’s eye.
Musically, “Above & Beyond” is Melissa Wade on vocals and acoustic guitar, Philip Coward on vocals, mandolin and guitar, Cindy Wallace and Laura Knight on fiddles, along with banjo and upright bass. If you appreciate intelligent lyrics, mesmerizing melodies, warm harmonies and hot picking, then check out “Above & Beyond.” On this project, Wild Blue Yonder stays true to its roots while climbing to new heights.
Bolt Out Of The Blue
by Wild Blue Yonder
Wild Blue Yonder’s first release, “Bolt Out Of The Blue,” is a versatile offering of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, showcasing six original songs by band founders/writers Melissa Wade and Philip Coward.
Strong three and four-part harmonies surround all but one of the thirteen tracks, the exception being “It’s Only Love.” A statement of emotional strength from a uniquely female point of view, the song features a beautiful string arrangement with haunting vocals and bowed bass.
Other cuts, such as “The Cuckoo Bird, “Fly Away” and “Molly and Tenbrooks,” reveal the band’s respect for timeless songs in the bluegrass tradition, while the disc’s title cut tells the story of a traveling musician who falls in love on the road. Check out the live music video of this tune on Wild Blue Yonder’s YouTube channel.
In the spirit of serving up something for everyone, “Bolt Out of the Blue” provides a laugh with the delicious road-kill ditty, “The Possum Crawls Tonight.” This backwoods Southern spin on “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” brought Wild Blue Yonder a taste of local fame with significant radio play on WIVK in Knoxville and numerous other stations across the country just after its release. And, yes, all possum dishes are included in the liner notes.