Violet Wild is a neo-folk singer-songwriter based in northern Colorado, where the prairie meets the mountains like certainty running up against mystery.
Violet learned Simon & Garfunkel out of songbooks as a child, and played Red Hot Chili Peppers bass lines on the sousaphone in her college marching band. She’s developed a style of high desert folk that also evokes the pop and rock that shaped Gen-Xers. For the last several years, she’s been performing with bands in the live music scene along the Front Range. From small brewery gigs to the main stage at Tico Time in Aztec, NM, she loves to perform, with her radiant vocals, edgy acoustic guitar, and seeker’s heart. She performs solo and also with the Violet Wild Collective, featuring Deb Bryant as the rhythm section and Al Mishell bringing the gypsy jazz swing mandolin.
Violet plans to release a couple of singles in 2023. The first will be Steal my Body, a retelling of the epic heist from LAX and transfer of remains to Joshua Tree in 1973. Then Neon Gaze is her tribute to the iconic statue that welcomes travelers to the Denver International Airport. She says, “This song is about realizing that in spite of everything, flying into DIA means I’m coming home!”
Violet performed an earlier version of Neon Gaze, called Devil Horse, at the Casey Jones Festival in 2022