Wilderado at the Codfish Hollow Barn -- July 23.

Tuesday, July 23, 8 p.m.

Codfish Hollow Barn, 5013 288th Avenue, Maquoketa IA

Performing in Maquoketa in support of their forthcoming release Talker, the indie-folk artists of Wilderado play the Codfish Hollow Barn on July 23, with The Guardian raving of their self-titled 2021 album debut that "each and every one of these 10 songs brings on an otherworldly sensation that is a surprising combination of danceable, heartfelt, laid back, and goosebump-raising.”

Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Wilderado is composed of co-founders Max Rainer and Tyler Wimpee (both on guitar) and Justin Kila (drums), and was created after Rainer and Wimpee met through mutual friends in college and started writing songs together in their fifth year. First signed to Iamsound Records and now associated with Bright Antenna Records, the band released their first EP Misty Shrub in the summer of 2016, and followed it that same year with the EP Latigo, which amassed more than 18 million streams on Spotify. Performing in support of both EPs, Wilderado spent the next year touring with acts such as Band of Horses, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Lindsey Buckingham, and Judah & the Lion, and consequently spent much of 2017 releasing a series of singles to similar success.

Produced by Phil Ek of Fleet Foxes and Father John Misty, Wilderado's third EP Favors debuted in 2018 and was later released in an acoustic version. Wilderado continued to tour on both nationally and internationally, returning in 2019 with the single "Surefire" that was inspired by the Tabitha King poem “A Gradual Canticle for Augustine” and was named one of the "5 Songs You Need to Hear Right Now" by Sirius XM's Spectrum. Three additional singles arrived in 2020 in the forms of "Take Some Time," "Revenant," and "CFS," and in 2021, the group released "Mr. Major," the first single from their eponymous full-length debut that debuted that October. Like the band's previous releases, Wilderado was an immediate critical hit, with American Songwriter praising its “sound that finds a fine fit that’s well within the realms of today’s current musical template,” as well as the musicians' “use of sonic suggestion and the ability to build melodies that culminate with triumphant tones.” American Songwriter also labeled Wilderado “a force to be reckoned with,” while the San Francisco Chronicle praised the musicians' “life-affirming vibrancy” and Lightning 100 deemed them “destined for success," a prediction that came true with the band's 2022 appearances on CBS Saturday Morning and Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The title song from Wilderado's upcoming Tracker, set for release this September, joins a few album tracks that have already been released ahead of the sophomore LP. February brought the double single “Sometimes” alongside “Tomorrow,” and at the end of 2023, the band released “In Between," a single that saw several alternate versions, one featuring guest vocals from Matt Berninger of The National and one with a few fellow Oklahomans, including folk/Americana artist Ken Pomeroy on vocals and guitar and Muskrat Jones (Colter Wall) on pedal steel. Describing Tracker, Rainer says, “I’m proud to say we made an album that feels like home and weathers who we are.”

Wilderado plays their Maquoketa engagement on July 23 with opening sets by HARBOUR and Windsor, admission to the 8 p.m. concert is $25-110, and more information and tickets are available by visiting CodfishHollowBarnstormers.com.

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