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FROM THE WASHINGTON POST:

"As Americana shape-shifters, the Woodshedders deftly move between various styles of roots music. The five-piece string band first formed out of a weekly gypsy-jazz gig in Harpers Ferry, but on its third album, “Wildfire,” the group reveals a much broader range of influences.

Album opener “Highway” is a pastoral, acoustic folk journey that cruises with dexterous bow work from fiddler Dave Van Deventer. More fluid chops are on display in the newgrass instrumental “Keel Reel,” which showcases nimble-fingered guitar and mandolin runs.

Beyond the tight string work, the most engaging thing about the Woodshedders’s sound is guitarist and lead singer Dwayne Brooke’s versatile vocals. In the alt-country ramble “Two Strings,” Brooke sings with a mellow ache that sounds as if it could have come from Conor Oberst or Okkervil River’s Will Sheff. But when he raises the volume in the swamp-funk stomp of “River Blues,” he stretches his pipes with a raw blues power that might make Robert Plant raise his eyebrows.

There’s more electric charge on the backwoods rocker “O Dig,” but the album rarely stays in one genre for long. “Love Crumbs” has a vintage swing groove and speedy honky-tonk guitar runs, while “Rabbit Hole” delivers a dance-friendly Cajun rhythm. Impressively, it all manages to stay cohesive. "

- — Jedd Ferris, The Washington Post
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The Woodshedders newest record "Wildfire" is now available!

 

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The Woodshedders have just released their third album, "Wildfire." Just two years after the acclaimed "O Dig" project, they had a real benchmark to live up to, and boy did they do it. Wildfire has all the range, life, and creative songwriting of O Dig, and further adds to the band's repertoire for amazing live shows.

http://www.cosmicvibeslive.com/index.php/blog1/album-review-and-interview-with-the-woodshedders-wildfire

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"Rather classy - real good stuff"

- Bruce MacGregor, (Blazin' Fiddles and BBC Radio Scotland presenter)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0175jnm#segments

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"These guys are good, know they’re good, and take the kind of chances that will leave your flabber well and truly gasted when you’re not throwing down dance shapes like a backwoods preacher who’s got the Holy Spirit.”

- David Burke, R2 Rock N' Reel Magazine
http://www.rock-n-reel.co.uk/

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"In short, they are your perfect dream festival band..."
- Alex Gallacher, Folk Radio UK

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CD Review: The Woodshedders “O Dig”

by--Folk Radio UK

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 accoustic 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!

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