Wild Common is a genre-defying “New Appalachian” band out of Charlottesville, Virginia. Frontwoman Davina Jackson is a soul and gospel singer with a killer voice at the center of the band’s music. She used to sing back-up with the Wailers. Fiddle player Nate Leath won the famous Galax Fiddler’s Convention when he was 11 and has since grown into one of the most talented fiddlers of this generation. Drummer Rob Hubbard grew up in rural Virginia and went on to become an accomplished reggae drummer. Bassist Dhara Goradia has a long jazz pedigree. And songwriter and guitarist Brennan Gilmore has roots in old-time and bluegrass but has played fusion music across the globe.
In the late summer of 2017, all of these musicians from diverse musical backgrounds holed up at a farmhouse outside of Charlottesville to hash out some tunes. And immediately it clicked. They weren’t trying to force different genres on top or beside each other, but were just taking songs at their essence – a melody and harmonization – and constructing them by playing as their individual traditions and backgrounds formed us to do. The result is refreshingly new, but also strangely familiar.
Vocals / Davina Jackson
Guitar, Vocals / Brennan Gilmore
Bass / Dhara Goradia
Drums, Percussion / Rob Hubbard
Fiddle / Nate Leath