WAYLAND releases LAKEHOUSE
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mitch Arnold, lead singer of the band WAYLAND, reminded us that “summer ain’t over yet” with the release of Lakehouse to digital service providers everywhere today, August 5. Mitch joined best friend and lead guitar player Phill Vilenski and friend and producer Steve Diamond (Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Willie Nelson, Kelly Clarkson) to pen the feel good, summer track. Phill Vilenski shares, “We wrote this song after spending some awesome time at my friend Brad’s lake house near Wayland, MI. It’s our “ode to summer” in the midwest. I hope you like it. I’m really proud of the song.” Listen to the summer anthem here.
WAYLAND has quickly become the country band that no one saw coming, ten years later, after a Holy Shift, their debut country single and the sentiment behind the words. WAYLAND respected Nashville’s reputation as a ten year town, after touring and recording in and out of Music City since 2012. They toured the heartland over 300 days per year for seven years, building a fanbase, the self named Wayland Warriors, that no one could take away from them. After four top forties at rock radio, placement on national festivals and debuting in the top ten on the iTunes rock charts with the viral blue-collar anthem Get A Little, they made the shift into the community that is country music after years of invitations from friends, fans, and industry.
“We moved to Joshua Tree, CA during the pandemic and we finally had the opportunity to write and record music without an outside producer for the first time. I grew up with my dad playing bluegrass and the Chicago Blues have always been such a big influence being raised in West Michigan. We’ve been putting banjo, pedal-steel, acoustic guitar and mandolin in our music for years, and some might call that rock and roll, some might call that country, but we’ve just always called it WAYLAND. Relocating to Nashville, writing with our friends, and getting to play what we feel is the most expressive American Roots Music has been a dream and we’re thankful to Nashville and country music for welcoming us,” shares Vilenski.
WAYLAND welcomed Nashville to “WAYLAND COUNTRY” when they played The Basement to over a hundred Wayland Warriors that traveled over one thousand miles each to join them for a thirty minute set, proving the devotion and loyalty of their fanbase. That show and its rehearsals attracted the production crew for Food Network’s Diners, Drive In’s & Dive’s who invited the band to perform on a new episode, before inviting them back for a second surprise, to be announced feature with friend and new fan, Guy Fieri, who you can catch on social media whistling and cheering along to the lyrics of Lakehouse.
”I’ve been working non stop Feeling like I might drop Thinking about that sweet spot getaway My imagination’s already on vacation Don’t need no reservation to stay Loading up the truck put the town in the dust Gonna pick her up on the drive Soon we’ll be sipping the Pabst Blue Ribbon Skinny dippin’ on a Friday night What happens at the lake house Stays at the Lakehouse And ain’t nobody else has to know We can hide out Let your wild child hang out Turn it up throw it down another round Anything goes At the lake house The waters just fine Losing track of time Soaking up sunshine At the lake lake lake house”This is just the first taste of WAYLAND COUNTRY. The next single from WAYLAND, “Looking For A Bar” will be released to country radio September 2. Stay tuned for details at www.waylandtheband.com and come along for the ride by following @waylandtheband on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Tik Tok.
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WAYLAND’S “hometown away from home,” Madison, Wisconsin will host WAYLAND for two back to back nights this September 3rd and 4th. WAYLAND has headlined the Taste Of Madison stage many times in support of WJJO, and this will be their first year debuting on the Q106 stage. This is the first time in history a band has played both nights in support of both sister stations. “We are so honored to be playing both the WJJO stage as well as the Q106 stage at Taste Of Madison this year. Madison, WI has always been a home away from home to us and this is going to be two days that we never forget,” shares Phill Vilenski.
MADISON, WISCONSIN’S OWN WAYLAND WARRIOR KRISTI KELLY LEADS THE WAY AS THE FIRST COUNTRY STATION TO ADD WAYLAND INTO ROTATIONKristi Kelly leads the way by being the first to add HOLY SHIFT onto country radio. Kristi has been a longtime friend of the band and even walked down the aisle to She Lights It Up in September of 2020 when she married the legendary WJJO Johnny Danger. Madison, Wisconsin is the original #WaylandCountry and Johnny and Kristi have been such an integral part of the band’s story it only makes sense that we keep it in the family and begin this new chapter together. Tune in to Afternoons with Kristi weekdays from 3pm-7pm.
WAYLAND RETURNS TO TASTE OF MADISON THIS TIME ON THE Q106 STAGE
June 17, WAYLAND officially debuts at CMT.com with the premier of their music video, Holy Shift
HOLY SHIFT Music Video OUT NOW June 1, 2022
Celebrate Wayland Wednesday with the brand new HOLY SHIFT music video shot by Eric Alghrim, the band’s in house photographer and videographer who works exclusively with Gibson Guitar and Bridge Music Magazine.
Shot in Nashville, Tennessee this is the video debut for Phillip Vilenski, Mitchel Arnold, Joey Clement, Kai Chambers, and Corbin Pratt as the band WAYLAND. This is the first of many music releases to be expected from the band this summer.
HOLY SHIFT RELEASES MAY 27 2022
Today, Friday, May 27, WAYLAND releases their brand new single HOLY SHIFT to streaming platforms everywhere.
HOLY SHIFT was the first single recorded by WAYLAND upon arriving in Nashville last September. Written by Steve Diamond, Kaci Brown, and Samuel John Gray, produced by Steve Diamond and engineered by Paul Scholten at County Q Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. Eric Alghrim filmed the music video which will be released next week.
Welcome To Wayland Country
For ten years, Wayland’s strategy was to build a fanbase that nobody could take away from them. They toured the country 300 days per year for seven years, creating real relationships with Wayland Warriors one handshake and one live show at a time. Four songs made the top forty, two songs made the top twenty, they accumulated 7 million streams and debuted at #6 on the iTunes rock charts and every time they would hit a milestone they would be redirected by Cumulus, iHeart, Sirius XM, and even Capitol Records, to consider embracing their bluegrass upbringing and midwest roots and taking their act to the country format.
Wayland embraced their midwest and bluegrass roots and accepted the invitation into the community that country music is, and moved back to Nashville this time, full time, six months ago to write and record their debut in country music that they will be premiering live for the first time on May 24 at 6:30pm at The OG Basement. They’re bringing their new songs, the radio station that built them, and the Wayland Warriors- to celebrate this homecoming. Fans from all over the country are traveling to show their support for the debut into country music and Nashville music industry labels, agents, and DSP’s will be out showing their support. Ten years later and it still sounds like the same old Wayland…and that’s the best part.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – “This is the same old WAYLAND but like you’ve never heard them before,” laughs manager Alyssa Hoffman of THE SERVICE upon the release of the country-rock band’s brand new single, Looking For A Bar which released to streaming services everywhere today, Friday, September 2.
Looking For A Bar is imbued with the signature guitar riffs and narrative-driven lyricism that WAYLAND has built a career on. Penned by hitmakers, Bernie Nelson, Jim “Moose” Brown, and AJ Kross, and produced in Nashville, Tennessee by Moose, Looking For A Bar was the easiest choice to make when it came to deciding on a single. Lead guitar player, Phill Vilenski shares,
“ It sounded like a WAYLAND song and that’s really the only thing that’s important to us. We’ve met so many amazing songwriters in our co-writing sessions lately and while getting to know them as friends, it’s amazing to listen to their previously written songs that kinda feel like they were waiting for us. “
The lyrics take us to where we’ve all been before: heartbroken, processing and quite literally, “looking for a bar.” WAYLAND sings:
“I’m not looking for answers or a one night stand
No, I haven’t really thought that far
I’m just looking for a bar
I’m looking for a place where nobody knows my name
Somewhere it’s okay to break down
I’m just looking for a spot
Where baby you’re not
Throwback a couple shots
And yell ‘hey now’
I’m just out here in my car
I’m just looking for a bar“
WAYLAND’s extraordinary independent touring schedule has seen sell outs across the midwest as they toured the country for seven years, three hundred days per year building a fanbase nobody could take away from them.
Their four top forties and two top twenties have seen consistent, national airplay.
All of this coupled with their breakout success into the country format has officially proven WAYLAND as a mainstay in the rock and country crossover circuit.
This point is driven home when you realize that most bands have a hometown, but WAYLAND has a hometown and a “home away from hometown” with Madison, Wisconsin showing just as much love as Grand Rapids, Michigan. After a decade of number one’s at WJJO and sold out headlining shows, WAYLAND makes history again by becoming the first band to play two nights in a row at the town’s annual festival Taste Of Madison, playing both the WJJO rock stage and Q106 country stage on September 3rd and 4th.
Q106 is the first country station in the USA to add WAYLAND into regular rotation. Music Director Kristi Kelly and her husband and on-air personality Johnny Danger are longtime WAYLAND Warriors, with Kelly even walking down the aisle to the fan favorite ballad, “She Lights It Up” when marrying Danger last year during the pandemic.
The time and space the pandemic offered allowed WAYLAND to clearly define the sound for this next record. Their first performance back in Nashville after defining that sound at Live Oak in Midtown attracted the likes of Food Network to invite them onto an episode of ‘Diner’s Drive In’s and Dives’. They were subsequently invited back for an episode of ‘Guy’s All American Road Trip‘ where Guy got to know the band and deemed them “the next big thing in music no one saw coming.” Alyssa laughs again, “the whole universe knows Guy Fieri has the best taste.”
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