The Woodshedders latest release O Dig is a crazy gumbo of musical ingredients that they like to call Indie Roots Americana.
Whatever you call it, The Woodshedders are an unpredictable bunch, just when you think you’ve nailed their sound with their rootsy country opener Badger Blood your are bounced back through a fast paced gypsy jazz Narwhal before arriving at an acoustic reggae number: Slipping Through. They will blow away any pre-conceptions you may have after hearing the first track, you just can’t pin’em down!
In short, they are your perfect dream festival band who you don’t want to stop! Their ability to flip and twist from one genre to a fusion of others is both dizzying and elating. The band consists of Dwayne Brooke (lead singer, guitar), Ryan Mayo (upright bass, vocals), Jesse Shultzaberger (drums, chickenhouse) and Dave Van Deventer (fiddle, vocals). On O Dig they have also added numbers to the stage with a wealth of guest artists and musicians from Virginia.
The lyrics are sharp, witty and cleverly put together. Sand Grain is a hot favourite as it leaps into the shoes of Dylan’s Tombstone Blues along with a big chunk of Honky Tonk and Swing for good company.
This is one hell of an album and will pale many similar bands into insignificance in a fesltival line-up. The Woodshedders sophomore album O Dig is well up on our list of hot recommendations…a must!
Buy on CD: The Woodshedders – O Dig