Austin's Wood & Wire new album coming April 13

Article Contributed by HearthMusic | Published on Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Texas songwriter tradition casts a long shadow today, and Austin-based Americana roots juggernauts Wood & Wire can easily rattle off a list of songwriters that inspire them, from Willie Nelson to James McMurtry and everyone in between. But ask them about what it is about Texas that brought us so many great songwriters, and they stop cold. That’s because they don’t romanticize Texas’ culture or its past; they’re too busy working their asses off making new music, writing new songs. This isn’t a land made for quiet reflection, it’s a land made for hard work. Respect for honest labor is a central theme in Wood & Wire’s new album, North of Despair (out April 13, 2018 on Blue Corn Music), with songs populated by people like songwriter Tony Kamel’s own grandfather, who built the family’s hunting lodge in Llano, Texas with his own two hands. The characters on the album live large, and aren’t afraid to share their opinions about the modern world. This kind of vivid, haunting songwriting focused on lives spent deep in the countryside is a hallmark of Texas songwriting. But it’s the melding of this hard country songwriting with high-octane bluegrass instrumentation that makes for Wood & Wire’s signature sound. Artists like John Hartford have trod this ground before, blending great songs, bluegrass virtuosity, and a strong sense of place, and Wood & Wire aim to pave the way for Austin’s roots scene, bursting out of the giant expanses of the state with a fully-fledged vision for a new Texan sound. On North of Despair, they bring the ferocity of their live shows to the studio, whipping through barn-burning anthems about hard people in hard times.


Wed March 14 at 8pm - Official Showcase at Cooper's BBQ
(Atomic Music Group Showcase)
Sat March 17, time tbd - “East Side Double Wide” Showcase at Latchkey
(Sponsored by The Bluegrass Situation)

Sat March 24 - Dallas, TX - Six Springs Tavern
Fri/Sat April 13/14 - Las Vegas, NV - Vegas Bender Jamboree
Fri April 20 - Hill Country BBQ - Washington DC
Sat April 21 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
Thur April 26 - Galveston, TX - Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe

Sat April 28 - Austin, TX - The Historic Scoot Inn