Wild Rose (band)

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Wild Rose
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Background information
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Genres Country
Years active 1988–1991
Labels Universal, Capitol, Liberty
Associated acts Lynn Anderson
Diamond Rio
Past members Pamela Gadd
Kathy Mac
Pam Perry
Nancy Given
Wanda Vick

Wild Rose was an American country music band founded in 1988 by five women: Pamela Gadd (lead and background vocals, banjo), Kathy Mac (bass guitar, vocals), Pam Perry (lead and harmony vocals, guitar, mandolin), Nancy Given (drums, vocals), and Wanda Vick (guitar, mandolin, fiddle, Dobro, steel guitar). Between 1988 and 1991, they recorded three studio albums, including two on Liberty Records. In that same time span, they charted three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. Since their disbanding in 1991, Wanda Vick has worked as a session musician. Gadd has continued to write and perform in the music industry, and was featured as part of country music legend Porter Wagoner's band until his death in 2007. Gadd and Wagoner recorded an album of duets together.[1]


Wild Rose was founded in 1988 by Wanda Vick, who had previously been a session musician for country music artist Lynn Anderson, and later a member of Porter Wagoner's road band Right Combination.[2] The group's co-founder, drummer Nancy Given, was also a former member of Right Combination. (Her then-husband was Brian Prout of Diamond Rio.[3]) Prout was followed by vocalist/banjo player Pamela Gadd and vocalist/guitarist Pam Perry, both formerly members of the bluegrass band New Coon Creek Girls.[2] Completing the band's lineup was bass guitarist Kathy Mac.

Initially, the five women performed under the name Miss Behavin'. However, they changed to the name Wild Rose shortly before signing to Jimmy Bowen's Universal Records. Under the production of James Stroud, Wild Rose's debut album (titled Breakin' New Ground) was released in 1988. The album produced one hit single in its title track, which peaked at number 15 on the Billboard country charts. Universal closed its doors not long afterwards.[2]

Wild Rose later made an appearance on a television special titled Night of 100 Stars in 1990. Later that year, Capitol Records re-issued the band's debut album, and released a second single from it.[2] The re-issued album earned Grammy Award and Academy of Country Music nominations for the band.[4] Wild Rose later issued another album for Liberty before disbanding in 1991.[2]



Title Album details Peak positions
US Country
Breaking New Ground
  • Release date: March 27, 1990
  • Label: Universal
Straight and Narrow
  • Release date: September 17, 1990
  • Label: Capitol Records
Listen to Your Heart
  • Release date: September 10, 1991
  • Label: Capitol Records
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart
US Country CAN Country
1989 "Breaking New Ground" 15 42 Breaking New Ground
1990 "Go Down Swingin'" 38 33
"Where Did We Go Wrong" 90
"Everything He Touches (Turns to Gold)" Straight and Narrow
1991 "Rock-a-Bye Heart"[5]
"Straight and Narrow" 73
"There Goes My Love"[6] Listen to Your Heart
"Listen to Your Heart"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1989 "Breaking New Ground"[7] Jim May
1990 "Go Down Swingin'"
"Everything He Touches (Turns to Gold)" Greg Crutcher
1991 "Straight and Narrow"


  1. ^ "Porter Wagoner & Pam Gadd - 22 Country & Gospel Duets 2 CDs!". Teeveerecords.com. Retrieved 2012-03-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Brennan, Sandra. "Wild Rose biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Diamond Rio biography". oldies.com. Retrieved 2007-08-12. 
  4. ^ Herrmuth, Bronson. "Bronson's Music - NMG Musicians Spotlight - Wanda Vick". BronsonMusic.com. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  5. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. January 26, 1991. 
  6. ^ "Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard. September 14, 1991. 
  7. ^ "CMT : Videos : Wild Rose : Breaking New Ground". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 22, 2012.