Wyatt Espalin

Wyatt Espalin

 Hiawassee, Georgia, USA
SoloAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

A rich blend of Americana sounds and haunting lyrics. Wyatt Espalin, with or without his band, Trees Leave provides a fun and entertaining live show full of eclectic original songs and obscure covers from rock to bluegrass. He may even buck dance a little for you, if he's feeling frisky!

Biography

"….(His) songs reflect a maturity in songwriting that is comparable to the best the Americana genre has to offer." - Vincent Wynne / www.listennashville.com

WINNER: 2014 L.E.A.F. Festival New Song Singer-Songwriter Competition, WINNER: 2ND PLACE-2014 John J. Jarrard Music Foundation Songwriting Awards, 2015 ALT. FINALIST: Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Competition, 2014 REGIONAL FINALIST: 2014 NEW SONG 13th Annual Songwriter Contest, FINALIST: 2014 24th Annual Rocky Mtn. Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase, FINALIST: 2014 Eddie’s Attic 40th and 41st Bi-Annual Open Mic Shootouts, FINALIST: 2009 Chris Austin Songwriting Competition-Merlefest

Wyatt has shared the stage with: INDIGO GIRLS, AMY RAY, PATTY LOVELESS, SHAWN MULLINS, RANDALL BRAMBLETT, MICHELLE MALONE, THE SPIN DOCTORS, JENNIFER KNAPP, ANGEL SNOW, THE GRASCALS, CLAIRE LYNCH, SETH GLIER, HANNAH THOMAS, THE GOOD GRACES, ALICE PEACOCK, THE WHITES, THE GREENCARDS, TIM O'BRIEN, SAM BUSH, LARKIN POE, VON GREY, TRINA MEADE

WYATT ESPALIN: With the Ocoee River in East Tennessee as the backdrop, and North Georgia on the horizon, Wyatt Espalin’s solo debut EP, Songwriter/Singer (2015), was born. Entertaining audiences in his hometown of Hiawassee, Georgia as early as age eight, Wyatt’s passion for music was obvious, even from the music barn stage built by his grandfather on their campground in the North Georgia Mountains. He and his brother Matt were known as “The Fiddling Brothers.” While Matt hung up his fiddle and bow after high school, Wyatt was just getting started. Armed with a guitar and a desire to write songs, he paired with his friend, Cobi Ferguson to form the acclaimed Americana duo, Trees Leave. Combining electric guitar with traditional bluegrass roots led to a noticeably unique sound and a growing fan base. Having years of touring under their belts and two successful albums, Run (2008) and The Gospel of Hurt (2010), it was time for Cobi to settle down, and Wyatt to find a new setting fit for a more personal level of songwriting. So alone began his sabbatical to the Ocoee. While working as a raft guide and caring for his ailing Granddaddy, Wyatt began writing the songs for a solo album. His songs have garnered much attention winning the New Song Songwriting competition at the acclaimed L.E.A.F. festival in 2014. He also placed as a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting competition at Merlefest, the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriting Competition and Eddie’s Attic Open Mic Shootout.  Performing solo or traveling with a revolving set of talented musicians as Trees Leave, Wyatt Espalin has found a way to continue writing and performing these songs that have longed to be free like the river that inspired him.

TREES LEAVE: 

Trees Leave traveled the nation for 6 years in support of the haunting debut album, "Run" and the dynamic follow-up, "The Gospel of Hurt". From those albums came the neo-Bluegrass number, "Water Falls" which placed the duo as a finalist in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest held at Merlefest. The duo was placed in the Bluegrass category, but even contest host, Jim Lauderdale, didn't know how to classify the song. "It's just different, in a good way", he said. That's exactly how Trees Leave likes to be described: different. Over the years, they have crafted a sound that marries their Bluegrass roots with their love of Rock, Blues and Traditional Country music. Trees Leave's preferred brand of Americana mixes raw, emotional lyrics with equally jarring melodies and instrumentation. Whether they are plugged in or sitting on the back porch, the urgency in their music and performance is hard to ignore.

Usually performing as a duo, they share rhythm guitar duties when the other is impressing on their signature instruments. Cobi Ferguson's polarizing guitar riffs and Wyatt Espalin's fiery fiddle solos add spice to their live performances and keeps audiences guessing what will come next. When the venue suits it, Trees Leave performs with a backing band and their songs do not hesitate to meet them at the next level. The listener is caught off guard with the twists of irony, winks of wit and sighs of sorrow of the characters in their songs.

Trees Leave have studied the architects of Americana music and are not ashamed of borrowing from their influences such as Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown, Gillian Welch, the Counting Crows and new Folk-Pop act, the Weepies. They would never call themselves Bluegrass players, but they love taking turns on fiddle and mandolin-laced folk tunes and often try to recreate the sounds of old world music with their tight harmonies and interesting interpretations of old standards.

Trees Leave has been featured on Georgia's Public Radio with Edgar Treiguts and on Prescott, Arizona's Folk Sessions.

Lyrics

O Meredith

Written By: Wyatt Espalin

O Meredith

Written by Wyatt Espalin
Recorded by Trees Leave on "The Gospel of Hurt" 2010

O MEREDITH, I'VE BEEN SWINGING ON THE SWING
WHERE YOU KISSED ME, WHERE YOU TOLD ME EVERYTHING
ABOUT THE TIME WHEN YOU WOULD FLY
WALK ON THE TREES AND KISS THE MOON GOODNIGHT

O MEREDITH, LET'S GO JUMP IN THE CREEK
AND WATCH THE COLD DRAIN THE ROSES FROM OUR CHEEKS
WE'LL BLOSSOM IN EACH OTHER'S ARMS
SUN ON THE ROCKS AND SKIP A WAY SO FAR

BUT YOU'RE NOT THERE
IT'S ALL A DREAM
I SMELL YOUR HAIR
I HEAR YOU BREATHE

O MEREDITH, I REMEMBER WHAT YOU SAID
OF THE STORIES THAT WOULD STREAM FROM YOUR HEAD
YOUR HEART WON'T BREAK FROM STICKS AND STONES
BUT YOU LET THOSE WORDS CUT YOU TO THE BONE

SO MEREDITH, WON'T YOU MEET ME AT THE EDGE
OF THE FIELD WHERE WE FOUND THOSE EASTER EGGS
BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE THAT SUNDAY EVENING
YOU ROLLED THE STONE AWAY, NOW I BELIEVE

BUT WHEN YOU FLY
SO FAR AWAY
I DON'T KNOW WHY
I HAVE TO STAY

O MEREDITH! THEY'VE CLIPPED YOUR WINGS
TRAPPED A WILD BIRD IN A CAGE
WHO CLOSED OFF YOUR SKY
OH TELL ME

O MEREDITH, THE NOISE JUST WOULDN'T LET YOU THINK
I WISH MY VOICE WOULD CALL YOU BACK FROM THE BRINK
THEY SAID YOU SLIPPED RIGHT THROUGH OUR HANDS
AND NOW YOU'RE RESTING IN A PROMISED LAND

BUT PROMISES
THEY BREAK IN TO
LIKE STICKS AND BONES
LIKE ME AND YOU
O

Nowhere

Written By: Wyatt Espalin

NOWHERE
Written by Wyatt Espalin
Recorded by Wyatt Espalin for "The Pardon" (2013)

I gave you all I had to give but you won't take it
Well, I've got my life to live and I'm gonna make it
Still I went down that river and tried to shake it
You ain't going nowhere

Ch. And it comes down like a hammer on my thumb
Like a bullet from a gun
How the hell can I forget someone when they're filling up my lungs
And I try to breathe you out but the trees take you back in
And their leaves fall to the ground and cover the yard again
It's gonna be a hard winter

Everyday with you, I walked the wire
I woke up every morning feeling tired
I can't forget what you said to me by the fire
You ain't going nowhere

Bridge. I beg for you to stay but then I plead for you to leave
And baby, either way, I'm still on my knees going nowhere

Light Coming Through

Written By: Wyatt Espalin

LIGHT COMING THROUGH
Written by Wyatt Espalin
Recorded by Wyatt Espalin for "The Pardon" (2013)

YOU'RE FINALLY WAKING UP
LOOKING 'ROUND THIS ROOM
YOU WANNA FIGURE OUT WHAT'S COME OVER YOU
ALL THE WINDOWS CLOSED AND THE DOOR IS SHUT
YOU FEEL THE PRESENCE LEAVE YOU FROZEN, BUT

THAT'S JUST THE LIGHT COMING THROUGH
TRYING NOT TO DISTURB YOU
THE LIGHT COMING THROUGH
ARE YOU GONNA LET IT DISTURB YOU

'CAUSE DEEP INTO THE WOODS
YOU PUT YOUR SECRETS IN THE GROUND
YOU RAN SO FAR AWAY UNTIL THEY MADE NO SOUND
NOW YOU'RE SNEAKING BACK AND THINK THE COAST IS CLEAR
CAN YOU HEAR 'EM IN THE TREES, SOMEONE ELSE IS HERE

ON THOSE LONG WALKS HOME IN THE DARK
IT MAY TAKE ALL NIGHT TO THINK ALL OF THESE THOUGHTS
WHEN YOU STOP ASKING YOURSELF WHAT YOU'RE GONNA DO
AND JUST LET IT DAWN ON YOU, LET IT DAWN ON YOU

NOW YOU'RE SLEEPING ON SOME SHORE
ON SOME BROKEN SHELLS
BUT YOU'RE NOT HIDING ANYMORE
YOU FIGURED 'WHAT THE HELL'
NOW MAYBE YOU CAN DREAM, MAYBE YOU'LL FIND A FRIEND
MAYBE YOU'LL LOOK UP AT THE SUN AND REMEMBER WHEN

YOU SAW HIS LIGHT COMING THROUGH
TRYING ALL ALONG TO DISTURB YOU
THAT'S JUST THE LIGHT COMING THROUGH
ARE YOU GONNA LET IT DISTURB YOU

Discography

TREES LEAVE, Run (Released March 25, 2008)
TREES LEAVE, The Gospel of Hurt (Released February 16, 2010)
WYATT ESPALIN, The Pardon (Released April 2, 2013)