REVIEW: Wilder Woods’ Self-Titled Album is Honest, Raw Love Letter


Wilder Woods, better known as Bear Rinehart, has released his first solo album via Atlantic Records.

After much speculation to his identity, Rinehart, who is the front-man of the vastly popular band Needtobreathe, decided to try something new.

The self-titled album can be described as a love letter to his wife, Mary Reams, and his two sons, Wilder and Woods, the namesakes of the project.

The lead singles, “Sure Ain’t” and “Someday Soon” were produced by Gabe Simon of the group Kopecky and were recorded at Layman Drug Company studios in Nashville.

Other contributors to the album include Trent Dabbs, Carson Cooley, Ian Fitchuk, and The Watson Twins.

The opening track “Light Shine In” provides an upbeat, cheerful, and positive sound, while “Sure Ain’t,” and “Someday Soon” provide a Soul/Motown vibe.

Tracks like “Electric Woman,” “What Gives You The Right,” and “Feel” give a different perspective on the modern Top-40 sound by incorporating harmonies, guitar, and meaningful lyricism.

“Supply and Demand,” “Mary, You’re Wrong,” and “Hillside House,” are clearly and beautifully written love songs to his wife that detail how relationships are hard work but rewarding when we try.

The closing track “Religion” sounds like something heard in a church, which is a sign of Rinehart’s upbringing. (If this song is not performed acapella on his upcoming tour, it will be a sorely missed opportunity.)

Overall, Wilder Woods is an amazing solo debut for someone who has already achieved so much. It is honest, raw, and simply beautiful. It is clear through the lyrics how much Rinehart cherishes his family. It is not too far off from the Needtobreathe sound audiences can recognize, but the music has a different feel. This album is great for anyone who loves powerful vocals with a chill vibe.

Tour Dates


Sept. 5 – Toronto, ON, CA – The Mod Club

Sept. 7 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live

Sept. 8 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair

Sept. 9 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

Sept. 11 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

Sept. 13 – Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre

Sept. 14 – Charlotte, NC – The Underground

Sept. 15 – Birmingham, AL – WorkPlay Theatre – SOLD OUT

Sept. 16 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East

Sept. 18 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West

Sept. 19 – Nashville, TN – The Basement East SOLD OUT

Sept. 23 – Chicago, IL – Metro

Sept. 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe

Sept. 25 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre

Sept. 27 – Lawernce, KS – Granada Theatre

Sept. 28 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown

Sept. 30 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater

Oct. 2 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar

Oct. 4 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre

Oct. 6 – San Francisco, CA – The Independent

Oct. 7 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour

Oct. 20 – Hamberg, DE – HÄKKEN

Oct. 21 – Cologne, DE – Helios 37

Oct. 23 – Paris, FR – 1999 Club

Oct. 24 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso

Oct. 25 – Glasglow, UK – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut

Oct. 27 – Manchester, UK – The Deaf Institute

Oct. 28 – London, UK – The Camdem Assembly

Leave a Reply!