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The Woodshedders bring together the diverse influences of American Country, Rhythm & Blues, Old-Time, Bluegrass, and Gypsy Jazz. Lead singer and guitarist, Dwayne Brooke is joined by upright bassist Ryan Mayo, fiddlin’ David Van Deventer, mandolin and guitar player Jared Pool, and drummer Jesse Shultzaberger. Their debut album, Catch That Yardbird, was released to critical acclaim including “Roots Album of the Year” (Just Plain Folks) and a spot in the SoundStage! Network’s “Top 10 Albums of 2009”. 2011 brought about the release of their sophomore recording "O Dig" which has earned rave reviews and international airplay.
2013 brings release of The Woodshedders’ all-original album, “Wildfire,” is a storybook ramble that explores the band’s diverse roots music influences, and spotlights its virtuosic members.
The opening track “Highway” sets the listener on the road of travel, hope, and heartbreak, as singer and guitarist, Dwayne Brooke tones the album with charismatic vocals and lyricism. Lead guitarist and mandolinist, Jared Pool’s original tune “Keel Reel,” is a rowdy flatpicking instrumental that rides the line of traditional and modern bluegrass, and further highlights The Woodshedders’ dynamic sound.
Jesse Shultzaberger (drums) and Ryan Mayo (bass, piano) lay down deep, cohesive grooves throughout “Wildfire”. This is especially felt on “O Dig”, a funky, off-kilter dance number. Fiddlin’ Dave Van Deventer elevates the tension to new heights on “Phantom on the Highway,” as the 60’s era Leslie organ speaker
haunts the sound of the wild and raucous fiddle.
“Wildfire” was recorded in 2013 in Richmond, VA at Montrose Studios by Adrian Olsen, and mastered by Dan Coutant at Sun Room Audio in Hudson, NY. Track Listing:
2. Keel Reel
3. Rabbit Hole
4. Two Strings
5. Phantom on the Highway
6. O Dig
7. Flat Pop & Bourbon
8. Love Crumbs
10. Another Whiskey
11. River Blues
“Wildfire” 2013 | “O Dig” 2011 | “Catch That Yardbird” 2009
The Woodshedders catchy original dance sound keeps crowds on their feet and yelling for more. Be sure to catch these yardbirds at a festival, concert, club or party near you!