With their new nature-inspired song "Hold Me To Ya," Stopover veterans River Whyless are a sure hit for the crowd March 11 at Trinity church.

"We've got some new tunes and some new clothes since we last played Savannah Stopover," the band said.

Hailing from Asheville, N.C., the band was founded in 2009 with Ryan O'Keefe, vocals and guitar, Halli Anderson, vocals and violin, Alex McWalters, drums (among other items) and Daniel Shearin, vocals, bass and harmonium.

Their recent masterstroke "Hold Me To Ya" was the product of River Whyless' collaboration with Sustain Music and Nature's Songscape program that pairs musicians with public spaces to help promote protected nature landscapes.

The song was filmed at Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge in Green River, Wyo., after the band spent a week living on the land. This is nothing out of the ordinary for River Whyless, even if the writing process changes for each record, or even each song, according to them.

"⦠If we could choose when, where and how to write, we would always be drawn to some sort of retreat in the wilderness. Everyone in the band either runs, bikes, hikes, fishes or boats, and those are the places that tend to pull the most creativity out of us."

Getting their influence from nature is not the only thing that separates River Whyless apart from other bands. Their NPR Tiny Desk Concert is a study in harmony.

"We've always worked with sounds and toys we can find around the house or studio. Sometimes they're proper instruments and sometimes they're not. Alex, our drummer, has particularly gravitated toward strange noises. On his drum kit, he's played a bike wheel, kitchen pot, frying pan, some paperclips attached to the bike wheel and even the head of an axe."

River Whyless fans will be delighted to know that even in their down time, the band is being productive. While they have recently done a few other projects, their album "We All The Light" was a marvelous success. With the more unconventional instruments, the band is always producing music.

"We're always working on projects. Everyone in the band writes, so even when we're not together, we're building ideas and recording."

The band has some high expectations for the Stopover performances. For the most part, River Whyless considers their music baroque folk, but they enjoy all manner for themselves.

"Too many; too hard to choose," they said when asked if they would view other bands at Stopover. "Maybe this year will be about discovering something totally unforeseen."

Once their set ends around 6 p.m., the band will most likely wind up seaside.

"⦠We always seem to make it out to the ocean. Or at least some of the marshes. One of our good friends, Brock Scott from the band Little Tybee, has a house on Tybee Island and we usually end up there after the festival."

River Whyless

5 p.m. March 11

Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 W. President St.