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Demos Papadimas / Press

"Wanderin’ Through the Wilderness is an exceptionally consistent album, with well conceived, unflinching lyrics of more than average depth and music that adeptly moves from powerful and rollicking to reserved and reflective, tying together all of its varied influences into a package that is unique and beguiling. For fans of Americana and roots music, it is an album that shouldn’t be missed, reminiscent of so many sounds from the past but quite unlike anything you’ve ever heard before."

“Demos Papadimas isn't quite local to Pittsburgh, but almost — the Americana songwriter hails from closer to Cleveland. He's been widening his horizons lately, though, and with good reason: He and his band are uniquely talented and garnering positive attention from the press."”

“Discussing Wanderin’ Through The Wilderness Papadimas says that, 'Although the album explores varied musical territory, including back porch Americana, Bob Dylan-esque ballads, Gypsy Tango, and Greek Rembetiko, it is still very much a songwriter's album. The lyrics certainly take the spotlight, even though there are rich musical arrangements and diverse stylistic twists from track to track.'"”

“Papadimas and his three-piece band consisting of Andre Ptichkin (upright bass), Sandi Quotson (violin), and Ralph Rich (drums) create a distinct stylistic synthesis. They intertwine American roots music with Mediterranean influences.”

“Papadimas has put his own stamp on Americana, creating a sound that is unique to him and cannot be labeled. His music belongs to no specific genre, but rather takes elements of everything from folk to bluegrass to world music and combines them to formulate a genre all his own.......It may only be a matter of time before the name Demos Papadimas becomes well-known to the public.”

“Singer-songwriter Demos Papadimas says he "feels better than ever" about his forthcoming full-length, Wandering Through the Wilderness. "I finally feel like I got the sound I always wanted," he says. The Howland-based musician plays a mix of American roots and Mediterranean rhythms based on his Greek heritage. On his 2011 self-titled EP, he moves from mid-'60s-era Bob Dylan influences to a song like "Soul of a Man" that conjures up a celebratory hora (aka circle dance) while the lyrics reveal his "cynical optimist" worldview. Papadimas grew up on a musical diet of Dylan, Grateful Dead and Neil Young — artists that followed traditions before tearing them apart.”

“Being a part of the blossoming roots movement doesn't interest singer songwriter Demos Papadimas, but moving the music toward new directions that relate to the sound he hears in his head does. On his self-titled EP and upcoming full-length album, due in February, he's merged his American homeland and his Greek heritage by using resonator guitar and harmonica with bouzouki and subtle Mediterranean rhythms. The opening track on the EP bears the influence of mid-'60s Dylan while the other numbers show a deft mix of the singer songwriter approach with Greek and back porch ramble elements. He even offers his own interpretation of "Cocaine." He credits Old Crow Medicine Show's blend of foot-stompin' bluegrass with a rock 'n' roll attitude for influencing his approach. "This is where I see myself, in line with these guys. They're expressing what I'm feeling, the whole idea of being young and jumping back into the roots and making something new out of that." ”