All four members of Rabbit Wilde (formerly known as Br'er Rabbit) grew up running around wooded areas of the farthest Northwest corner of Wash. However, brothers Zach and Nathan didn't meet Miranda, the third founding member of the band, until their paths crossed in New York City. They all moved back to the Northwest in the summer of 2012, and have since dedicated their lives to playing, writing, touring and stomping. With the addition of cellist, Jillian Walker, at the end of 2013, the group has rounded out into a very unique breed of string band. Together they've shaped their sound, which they refer to as "folk-stomp Americana"—a comforting blend of backyard folk, seasoned with the fervor and driving rhythms of the big city.
The group revamps classic string band instrumentation with homespun percussion and the integration of six-string ukulele and cello. With musical influences ranging from Beethoven to Beirut, three distinct vocal styles and copious amounts of foot-stomping, they demonstrate a sound and presence that's at once original and familiar, appealing to audiences of all generations and genres. Since their breakthrough performance at the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival, the band has earned positive press in noted indie roots publication, No Depression and The Seattle Times, as well as opportunities to share the stage with popular indie bands like Paper Bird, Ha Ha Tonka and The Family Crest. Voted "Best Band" in their home city of Bellingham, Wash. for the past two years (in Cascadia Weekly), they've quickly risen to local renown and are currently touring extensively throughout the U.S. In March 2014, the band independently released their first full-length album, The Wild North, recorded at the famed Bear Creek Studio (The Lumineers and Fleet Foxes).