String quartet to showcase at SXSW
AUSTIN, TX — Austin’s own Wood &
Wire releases its self-titled debut album today. Recorded in Nashville
and produced by award-winning engineer Erick Jaskowiack, WOOD & WIRE
showcases more than a dozen original bluegrass and Americana
compositions written by the group.
Hailed by as “an enthusiastic
quartet,” the band includes Tony Kamel on guitar, Matt Slusher on
mandolin, Dom Fisher on bass and Trevor Smith on banjo. The new album
also features special guest Brittany Haas of Crooked Still on fiddle.
WOOD & WIRE serves up a huge
helping of homespun tradition and dazzling musicality, with fast and
furious picking on tunes like “Bet the World” and “Ramblers.” It also
slips into more somber moods with songs like “Nowhere and Gone” and the
delicate waltz “Fool Outta Me.” Earnest three-part harmonies take the
listener from the coal mines of Kentucky to the badlands of Mexico and
all toe-tapping points in between.
Wood & Wire was originally founded
in 2010 by Kamel and Slusher, with Fisher and Smith later rounding out
the quartet. After playing with a smattering of local bands, the group’s
members coalesced last spring and began to hone their tight-knit
arrangements, foot-stomping instrumentation and songwriting talents, all
of which are captured on the new album.
“These gentlemen are on fire!” says
Laurie Gallardo of KUTX radio in Austin, and that fire is spreading
rapidly. Wood & Wire has been performing select shows with Yonder
Mountain String Band and will showcase at SXSW in March. The band’s
spring tour will take them from one end of Texas to the other before
returning them to Austin for the Old Settler’s Music Festival in April.
To celebrate the release of its debut
album, Wood & Wire will make an in-store appearance at Waterloo
Records in Austin on Feb. 7. The band’s CD release show will be held at
the Cactus Café in Austin on Feb. 8.
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Upcoming tour dates include:
Feb. 7, Waterloo In-Store, Austin
Feb. 8, Cactus Café, Austin
Feb. 9, Old Quarter Acoustic Café, Galveston
Feb. 15, The White Horse, Austin
Feb. 16, McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, Houston
Feb. 21, Blue Light Live, Lubbock
Feb. 23, Hops & Grains, Austin
Mar. 1, Granada Theater, Dallas
Mar. 2, Stubb’s, Austin 
Mar. 8, Poor David’s Pub, Dallas
Apr. 18, Old Settler’s Music Festival, Austin

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