Wood & Wire (from the album North of Despair)
Bluegrass is the melting pot for the music of Austin, Texas string band Wood & Wire. The fourpiece, formed in 2011, features vocals from Tony Kamel (guitar/songwriter) backed with harmony and playing from Dom Fisher (bass), Billy Bright (mandolin), and Trevor Smith (banjo), who hears the sound of Wood & Wire as ‘rooted in traditional bluegrass but don't limit ourselves to any perceived notion of what that's supposed to be. We do our own thing, and we realize that vision collectively’.
The intuitive nature of the musicians creates a flow to the songs of North of Despair as the Wood & Wire find a constant current to set “Out with the Tide” on a determined course, roll around in ever-revolving notes for “Awake in the Wake”, stomp out a resume marked “Kingpin”, and hang on tight as “Summertime Rolls” flies by like the season in its song. North of Despair expands the borders and possibilities of Bluegrass, tripping lazily on the sway of the title track and percolating with rhythmic strums for “Wingding” as Wood & Wire slow the pace to tell the tale of a wanted man holed up in “Texas” staring across the border at freedom and looking to get right with reality in “As Good as It Gets”.
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