The Wilder was recorded and produced by (brother) S. Carey in Eau Claire, WI in the winter of 2011. Though originally from Wisconsin, Shannon rediscovered her love of music and took up the banjo while living in Northern California in 2006. The banjo's rich history in bluegrass provided an immediate tradition from which to draw inspiration, and the community of musicians that came with it offered fertile ground for collaboration. First featured on backing vocals for S. Carey's debut album, 'All We Grow', Shannon soon returned to songwriting and performing full-time. Taking the banjo beyond bluegrass and into moodier and fresher territory is at the heart of her debut album, 'The Wilder.'
Inspired by her travels, Luray is named after the Virginia town at the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains. "I am a wanderer and a traveler by nature. I resonate with certain places and become quickly attached. Luray was like that,” Shannon explains. “It's tall grass, wildflowers, and rolling green hills hit me at a time when I was experiencing a lot of change and loss. I discovered these songs were within me, and was coaxing them into form. The lush life in the Shenandoah Valley in early spring helped convince me that the songs were worth writing.”