currently: Bufalina's margherita pizza, Austin


Field Guides

Launched in 2012, WILDSAM is an American travel brand built upon telling true stories of place. We're soulful, curious and mindful that the best way to know a place is to meet its people.


When Charleston-based musicians Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst teamed up to record an album in 2008, they had no idea it would change the course of their lives. The duo married in 2009 and continued to release solo albums until officially banding up in 2012 as Shovels & Rope

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To honor the life of legendary musician, artist and showman David Bowie, here’s a select history we wrote for our London mini-guides in a 2013 collaboration with J.Crew:

1947……………..Born David Robert Jones in Brixton

1956……………..Listens to Little Richard; “I heard God,” he’d say

1962……………..Plays sax in first rock band, The Konrads, at 15

1965……………..Records R&B with The Manish Boys, tours with The Kinks

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In January 2008, Gourmet Magazine published one of my all-time favorite pieces of writing. It’s by the iconic Edna Lewis, a masterful chef and author who, before she passed in 2006, many referred to as “the South’s answer to Julia Child.” If you’re looking for a reflective moment during this season of feasting and holiday tables, her essay, “What is Southern?” will hit the spot. Happy Thanksgiving from Wildsam.

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“Because I play, I know the potential of an instrument."

- Martin Krusche, brass repairman