The Wonderful Nobodies (Seth Taylor, Lacy Green, and Aaron Williams) are a Nashville-based trio of singers, songwriters, and multi-instrumentalists hailing from the Appalachian region of Virginia and North Carolina. Individually, they've written hundreds of songs and have played on stages from the Grand Ole Opry to Carnegie Hall. However, it was a Friday night jam that made a band out of the long-time friends.
Taylor: “Aaron and I had been roommates for a couple years and got this idea to start hosting a weekly jam at the house. At these jams we like to call “Bellerfest,” we'd play anything from Jimmy Martin to Katy Perry to The Band, and there was something special about the three of us playing together in that environment. We decided we had to make a record that sounded like you walked through the front door of that living room, sat down and had a drink with us.”
In an attempt to capture that initial magic, they converted a room in the shared house to a studio. When Green brought in the beginnings of “Saviorville”, Williams saw the band's sonic and lyrical identity start to take shape.
Williams: “We all had experience in traditional recording studios, but none of us had ever made a record this way. It was a lot of learning and leaning on each other. Despite the initial challenges of recording ourselves, we felt that capturing the honesty of the performances was more important than technical perfection, so we just tried not to overthink our instincts and to have fun following the songs where they led us.”
What results is a debut album confidently blending their country, rock, and pop sensibilities. The title, A/B, speaks to their album era influences, trial and error process, and the dual nature of the band and it’s songs.
Green: “To me, TWN is about that gray area between the black and white. It's about being proud and humble. It’s about being a small town kid in a big city. Being scared, but brave at the same time. I think those are the kinds of contradictions that the characters in a lot of our songs are facing. In an either/or world, they're trying to figure out how to be both.”
A/B is available now everywhere music is streamed or sold.