Austin, TX -- Wood & Wire, Austin’s own four-piece bluegrass and Americana band, will release its debut self-titled studio album on Feb. 5, 2013. Wood & Wire is one of the most promising new bands on Austin’s bluegrass and acoustic music scene. Mixing in elements of Americana and swing, its healthy dose of original music and traditional bluegrass tunes keep audiences riveted. The three-man band keeps people on their toes, too, with a cappella ballads, funky acoustic jams and rippin’ fast instrumentals. If you’re lucky, you’ll even catch them on a night when they have a banjo player.
Wood & Wire features Matt Slusher on mandolin, Tony Kamel on guitar and Dom Fisher on bass. They’re joined at times by Trevor Smith on banjo. When the original trio got together in the fall of 2011, things started happening quickly. From the very beginning, their chemistry made collaborating easy, and they practiced relentlessly as they built their sound. Focusing hard on three-part harmonies, thought-out arrangements, and some hard-driving pickin’, all of which is anchored by Dom’s solid bass playing. Old tunes that Slush and Tony had written in the past were given new life, and the group’s collective energy created inspiration for new songs along the way.
The album was recorded in Nashville and produced by award-winning engineer Erick Jaskowiack, whose discography includes work with The Chieftains, The Gibson Brothers and Colin Hay. WOOD & WIRE includes original compositions written by the band, showcasing the group’s tight-fitting arrangements and rich musicianship. It also features special guest Brittany Haas (Crooked Still) on fiddle.
Founded in 2010 by guitarist Tony Kamel and mandolin player Matt Slusher, who honed their acoustic skills playing with acts like Graham Wilkinson, South Austin Jug Band and Rodney Hayden, Wood & Wire began to take form when bassist Dom Fisher joined Matt and Tony’s jam sessions. Last spring, the trio officially added Trevor Smith (Green Mountain Grass) on banjo and started making a name for itself on the Austin music scene.
Bluegrass and acoustic music are becoming more and more popular in the Austin scene and in central Texas as a whole. The members of Wood & Wire feel privileged to be a part of a much larger community that boasts some of the best acoustic musicians in the world. They’re ready to keep playing throughout Texas and neighboring states until recording an album sometime this summer.
Wood & Wire has been performing select shows with Yonder Mountain String Band and will be touring this summer. The band’s CD release show will be held at the Cactus Café in Austin on Feb. 8.