Hunter and the Wick'd
Hunter and the Wick’d is a Southern California based Americana duo. Its members consist of Virginia native, Miri Hunter and California native, Thom Merrick. After playing together for several years, they released their debut country/desert project together. There’s a wealth of beautiful music and songs explored on their debut album. Over their journey, the band has had some local hits, many of which are included in this CD collection including“Tumbleweed Connection”, “Dance All Night in California,” and “I Don’t Wanna Talk Right Now.”
“This music is all about giving yourself up to the wisdom and creativity that the desert imparts to you…at whatever emotional and spiritual cost. Thom and I come from varying musical traditions. He grew up during the punk music era and I grew up trained as a classical pianist. Within the realm of music, we unite as a team to create a montage that is representative of Americana music influenced by desert dreams”- Miri Hunter
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Thom and I met at an open mic at Pappy and Harriet’s, a local bar out here in the Hi Desert. I was a singer with a guitar and he was the bass player for the house band. We started doing gigs together. And since we were spending so much time in rehearsal, it seemed that writing was just an extension of our time together. It was pretty organic, but not necessarily easy.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I think both Thom and I had a similar experience of crazy. He left New York. I left Los Angeles. We both ended up in a small town in the middle of the Mojave Desert, because we wanted a break from the hectic lifestyle of those two cities. In retrospect, I think that was pretty crazy, but also very Bohemian.
What has been the high point of your music path?
Last Summer one of the band’s songs was selected by BWH for a compilation CD, called “Keepin’ It Country.” It was great that the song was recognized, and even cooler to be recognized as part of this genre.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I, Miri, write quickly and tend to finish a song in one sitting. On the other hand, Thom’s process takes more time. So imagine, these two different styles collaborating. I think we have both lost a few strands of hair in the process.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Well, in the era of COVID-19, the biggest challenge is dealing with the loss of income from lack of gigs. Royalties are small. Without being able to gig and sell merchandise.....it’s a big challenge!
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Tracy Chapman for Miri. Tom Waits for Thom.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Thom can play for hours and hours. He likes to try different things, experiment. I don’t have that same practice ethic. I like to get it down and then play it over and over until it gels. We meet somewhere in the middle.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Our latest song, "Living on the Fringe," was challenging. We worked on the lyrics for quite awhile, then the form changed. And we had a deadline. But it turned out really well. I like the message and while it was written as a theme song for a theatre festival that I was co-produicng, I think it is an appropriate sentiment for our world today.
What's coming up in the future?
Staying healthy. And searching out nearby, outdoor gigs!
Tell us where fans can access your music?