Singer-Songwriter Demos Papadimas (guitar/vocals/harmonica/bouzouki) skillfully intertwines his love of both American roots music with the influence of Mediterranean rhythms and harmonies. Based in Northeast Ohio, Papadimas and his band have performed regularly in the Cleveland-Pittsburgh corridor since 2012 and received considerable regional attention.
Lyrically, this self-described "cynical optimist" infuses glimmers of hope in his often world-weary and wistful lyrics. When Papadimas sings, "Somehow I've dodged so many evil eyes, that I ain't got religion is really just a surprise" he shares his sense of bemused wonder. Having lived on both sides of the Atlantic, Papadimas writes meditative travelogues that are often Guthri-esque ramblings translated from the Dust Bowl to the Euro-Zone, from freight trains to bullet trains, and are perceptive companions to his roots musical approach.
Discussing his influences, Papadimas cites Dylan-esque balladry, Leonard Cohen's most recent touring ensembles, and string-band revivalists such as Old Crow Medicine Show, as well as Greek Rembetiko--the "Greek Blues."
His folk melodies are counterbalanced by the classical intonations of violinist Sandi Quotson, the tight brushwork of drummer Ralph Rich, the jazz influences of double-bassist Nils Johnson, the euphonic sounds of pedal steel guitarist Al Moss, and the deft skills of lead guitarist Dave Lynn. Collectively, the band welcomes its listeners on a unique tour through familiar American song structures.
Papadimas' new album, Waiting, was recorded by Pete Drivere at Ampreon Recorder in Youngstown, Ohio and released on Record Store Day 2016.