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The Woodshedders / Press

“The Woodshedders are going places—in every sense of the phrase. The Loudoun/West Virginia-based band, a fixture on the local Americana scene for a decade, is taking things to the next level with an evolving sound, a well-received 2013 album and an expanding tour schedule. The quintet takes the stage at Waterford’s Old School on Saturday, May 3, the latest in the Waterford Foundation’s Old Schoolhouse concert series, which brings contemporary music in a range of genres to the venue well known for its classical concerts. The Woodshedders features Harpers Ferry-based Dwayne Brooke on guitar and lead vocals, Loudoun native and popular Leesburg dentist Ryan Mayo on upright bass and piano, Richmond’s Jared Pool on guitar and mandolin, Jesse Shultzaberger of Shepherdstown, WV, on drums, and Bluemont’s David Van Deventer on fiddle. The band got its start 10 years ago at a regular Thursday evening gypsy jazz jam at the historic Hilltop House in Harpers Ferry, which closed in 2008.”

"As Americana shape-shifters, the Woodshedders deftly move between various styles of roots music. The five-piece string band first formed out of a weekly gypsy-jazz gig in Harpers Ferry, but on its third album, “Wildfire,” the group reveals a much broader range of influences. Album opener “Highway” is a pastoral, acoustic folk journey that cruises with dexterous bow work from fiddler Dave Van Deventer. More fluid chops are on display in the newgrass instrumental “Keel Reel,” which showcases nimble-fingered guitar and mandolin runs. Beyond the tight string work, the most engaging thing about the Woodshedders’s sound is guitarist and lead singer Dwayne Brooke’s versatile vocals. In the alt-country ramble “Two Strings,” Brooke sings with a mellow ache that sounds as if it could have come from Conor Oberst or Okkervil River’s Will Sheff. But when he raises the volume in the swamp-funk stomp of “River Blues,” he stretches his pipes with a raw blues power that might

“Something amazing in the woodshed. West Virginia band The Woodshedders first got together back in 2008 and for this, their third album, having dallied with traditional songs, they’ve gone for an all original set. For those unfamiliar with the band, it’s easy to be wrong-footed by them. ‘Highway’ and ‘Keel Reel’ sound a little like the work of an earnest folk ensemble. Celtic in flavour and with each of the musicians taking a solo spot, it’s riveting stuff and one can’t help but be impressed. Further in, however, and they reveal themselves a little more as they experiment with various rhythms and styles. ‘Rabbit Hole’ is a lively bossa, ‘Two Strings’ a country waltz, ‘Phantom On The Highway’ takes its structure from – and slyly namechecks Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water’. On ‘Fugettaboutit’ they enter into Gypsy jazz territory, and ‘River Blues’ is, well, blues. Surprisingly heavy at that, given they’re an acoustic outfit. But none of this”

“The Woodshedders have just released their third album, "Wildfire." Just two years after the acclaimed "O Dig" project, they had a real benchmark to live up to, and boy did they do it. Wildfire has all the range, life, and creative songwriting of O Dig, and further adds to the band's repertoire for amazing live shows.”

“This is one hell of an album and will pale many similar bands into insignificance in a fesltival line-up. The Woodshedders sophomore album O Dig is well up on our list of hot recommendations…a must!”

“The Woodshedders latest release and second studio album “O Dig” presents a carousel of songs, moving from Americana to gypsy jazz, through island breezes and acoustic funk. Dwayne Brooke has written a bevy of fine songs for this album, and what it lacks in cohesion it more than makes up for with its lyrical and musical strength.”

“The Woodshedders catch JustPlainFolks Roots Album of the Year 2009 for Catch That Yardbird!”

“It was a pleasure listening to such polished/creative/intelligent music...”

Eugene Foley - Foley Music Review

“The Woodshedders musicians have perfected their brand of modern swing music.”

Leesburg Today

“I just love this stuff - sounds effortless but I bet it isn't! West Virginia's finest.”

Suffolk 'n' Cool

“The fun is contagious in the music of The Woodshedders”

“every song is pretty much my favorite...”