In a flurry of beards, howling harmonies, and raucous, break-neck banjo licks, the Wainwright Brothers all but demand that an audience leave their seats in favor of frantic dancing and toe-tapping. Breaking their baby teeth busking on streets from Portland to Brisbane, these boys may have taken to the stage and the mic, but retain their raw energy from their early days. In between live performances and west-coast tours, they are finding the time to record their first full album.
Dylan, Will, and Adam create a roots/bluegrass-inspired sound, charged with layered vocals and a diverse collection of instruments. Growing up listening to Tom Waits, Hank Williams Sr., and the Avett Brothers, these ambitious youngsters combine the best of the old and new into a distinctive storm of mad performances. Their songs are adaptable enough to fill any venue, from intimate gatherings to rowdy concert halls.
The Pacific Northwest has become the birthing grounds of a new folk revival, and the Wainwright Brothers have stomped out their brand of this 21st century genre in the shaking of walls of concert halls and the dancing feet of crazed audiences.