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Recently hailed by Cleveland's Scene Magazine as #2 on their "13 Bands to Watch in 2013," singer-songwriter Demos Papadimas (resonator guitar/vocals/harmonica/bouzouki) skillfully intertwines American roots music with Mediterranean inﬂuences. With his three-piece band consisting of Andre Ptichkin (upright bass), Sandi Quotson (violin), and Ralph Rich (drums), Papadimas creates a distinct stylistic synthesis.
Discussing his album Wanderin’ Through the Wilderness, Papadimas states that "[a]lthough 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. This description best summarizes my style and approach to music."
Often compared to Bob Dylan, He also has been inspired by Leonard Cohen's marriage of American folk and Mediterranean-based World music evident in Cohen's most recent touring ensembles.
Papadimas considers American roots music to be aesthetically in line with Greek Rembetiko music--the "Greek Blues." Challenging prevailing attitudes that label such music as archaic or irrelevant, Papadimas argues that both are rebellious expressions of our search for meaning, relevant and vital today. He's found a kinship with modern twisters of American sounds like Old Crow Medicine Show, who blend foot-stompin' bluegrass with a rock 'n' roll attitude. "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."
Lyrically, this self-described "cynical optimist" infuses glimmers of hope in his often world- weary 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 effortlessly blends his love of American and Mediterranean roots music. His meditative travelogues are often Guthrie-esque ramblings translated from the Dust Bowl to the Euro-Zone, from freight trains to bullet trains, and are perceptive companions to his rootsy musical approach.
Curently based in Northeast Ohio, Papadimas has performed in a variety of venues, including The Sidewalk Cafe and The Living Room in New York City, The Fire in Philadelphia, Club Cafe in Pittsburgh, The Beachland Ballroom, Brother’s Lounge, and The Grog Shop in Cleveland, and The Kent Stage in Kent, OH.