Austin-based Americana roots juggernauts, Wood & Wire, whose latest release North of Despair was Grammy nominated for Best Bluegrass Record, will brighten up the Winter Wind stage on January 19, 2020.
On North of Despair, Wood & Wire bring the ferocity of their live shows to the studio, whipping through barn-burning anthems about hard people in hard times. The characters on the album live large, and aren’t afraid to share their opinions about the modern world. This kind of vivid, haunting songwriting focused on lives spent deep in the countryside is a hallmark of Texas songwriting. But it’s the melding of this hard country songwriting with high-octane bluegrass instrumentation that makes for Wood & Wire’s signature sound.
Touring hard for the past three years helped solidify the songs. You can feel the impromptu joy in each track. Bassist Dom Fisher lends a buoyancy to the music that mixes racing bluegrass bass lines with the backbeat of a great country bass player. A highlight of the group is the interplay between mandolinist Billy Bright and banjo player Trevor Smith, both of whom seem to delight in pugilistic bouts that romp through the songs, as much country-funk as it is Monroe & Scruggs. Tony Kamel is the lead singer and songwriter, but each band member contributes compositions and songwriting to the new album, a key feature of Wood & Wire’s democratic nature.
Wood & Wire considers itself fortunate to exist “south of rich and north of despair,” buoyed by family and friends to keep them from the bottom. Never ones to shy away from hard work, Wood & Wire rely on their humble acoustic instruments and their own hands to make music meant to last.
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Winter Wind Concerts are made possible in part by the City of Norman Parks and Recreation Department and by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council. Contributors include: Cindy Merrick - Therapy in Motion; Hugh & Keri Young; Skye Diers - Gingerbread Nursery School; Bruce & Trisha Bunce; Tom McAuliffe - Don Cies; and The Montford Inn. Friends are: EB Dancer; Danna Primm; Bob Schlegel; Jennifer Bell & Curtis Ensler; and Lazy Circles Brewing.