Artist: Wyatt Easterling
Hometown: Chapel Hill, North Carolina (now Nashville)
Album: From Where I Stand
Track: “Throw Caution to the Wind”
Release Date: July 29, 2022
In Their Words: “I wrote this with Thomas Anderson. It was our first co-write and it felt magical. We wrote it during the summer of 2019 when everyone was exhausted with the headlines. I had this hook and wanted to write a ‘get the hell out of Dodge’ kind of song. I love the carefree view the singer takes about where he and his lover are stuck in their lives and their willingness to chuck it all and go on a life adventure, let the chips fall where they may!
“Thomas and I started this record working off a drum track we put together in the studio with a keyboard bass line for me to put down my guitar track in my home studio: ‘Wyatt’s Woodshed Studio.’ You wouldn’t know it to hear it now on the album, but we began calling this track our red-headed stepchild. It took three attempts to get the right tempo, the right vibe on the electric guitar. We tried everything from too twangy, to too slick, and settled on the almost-Bakersfield vibe we have now. We didn’t set out to meet any genre but instead tried to stay out of the way and let the song lead us.
“Ultimately I took Mike Rosado, my drummer, and along with Thomas we went to County Q in Nashville to cut live drums with Jimmy Carter on bass. That’s when we started to feel more comfortable about the vibe, the direction, and the overall picture of the track. Mixing was another ‘get the stubborn mule in the barn’ moment! At first, I was a little timid about rocking it too much for fear of Folk radio. I decided on the way to mix that I was going to let the dog off the chain, so to speak, and let it be what it needed to be. So glad I did.” — Wyatt Easterling