Mare Wakefield and Nomad surrender to the feeling on their new single Give Myself To Love — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
As Mare disarmingly admits, “I’ve never been a hero and I doubt I’m gonna be heroic soon” to open the endearing track, banjo and mandolin join the party in this spunky, full-band mantra for these uncertain times. Along with Mare on acoustic guitar and vocals, and Nomad on accordion piano and shaker, the endearing track — which officially arrives Friday as the first single from their upcoming album No Remedy — features Brian Allen on bass and Tim Galloway on mandolin and banjo.
Currently based in Nashville, this husband-and-wife duo delights audiences with their mix of Americana, old-time country, jazz and contemporary folk. Like all artists, they found their touring plans sidelined by the pandemic early 2020. Once they accepted that fact, the duo were able to devout a luxurious amount of time to finishing their latest record. Some tracks were re-mixed, some parts were scrapped, some songs were completely re-done.
“The pandemic allowed us to make the record we’ve always dreamed of,” offers Nomad, whose credits on No Remedy include piano, accordion, flute, backing vocals, synth and percussion. Produced by Nomad and mixed by Grammy-nominated engineer Bobby Holland (ZZ Ward, Maggie Rose, Wade Bowen), the record features 11 original songs with arrangements artfully executed by bassist Brian Allen (Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile), drummer Wes Little (Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys) and guitar, banjo and mandolin from Tim Galloway (Luke Bryan, Josh Turner).
Throughout the record, story and song are woven seamlessly together by Mare’s intimate delivery and Nomad’s exquisite piano and accordion. Pre-orders of the album are available HERE, with the digital version set to hit streaming services May 21.
In addition to work on the new record, the duo have been keeping their performance chops up during the pandemic with live stream virtual concerts twice a month. Each show includes deep-cut requests, a cover or two, a trivia contest and a segment called Oya’s Jazz Café in which Mare & Nomad perform a jazz standard for his mother Oya, who stays up till 4 a.m. to watch the concerts live from her home in Turkey.
It’s become a very sweet community of friends and fans,” says Mare. “We can get anywhere from a few hundred to 1,000 or so people tuning in — our record is 6,000 streams for a super-fun Carpenters tribute. It’s been one of the brightest silver linings of all this, the slowing pace, the clearing of an over-crowded calendar, the staying put.”