Acoustic Mayhem

  • July 10, 2019
  • By Admin: sfbluegrass
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Formed in New York City during the summer of 2002, The Wiyos took their name from the toughest gang to prowl the streets of old New York (The Why’os, circa 1890). They have spent eight years touring extensively in the USA, Canada, France, The Netherlands and The United Kingdom. They were featured in the BBC television documentary, “Folk America -– Hollerers, Stompers and Old-Time Ramblers.” In 2009 The Wiyos were hand picked by Bob Dylan to tour for seven weeks as the opener of the Bob Dylan Show, with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. Their 2009 release, Broken Land Bell, sat in the top 20 of the AMA charts for 14 weeks. The Wiyos‘ unique charisma transcends typical social boundaries. They appeal to everyone from young hipsters to seasoned music connoisseurs. They have emerged as a hallmark band in the resurgence of traditional American music over the past decade.

The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit is an indie-Americana band from Oakdale, California. Since 2005, they’ve been playing all over California, and they’ve released two albums: their self-titled debut in 2005 and their sophomore effort “The Ghost of Good Manners” in March 2009. They blend country, folk, and rock and roll with a prolific body of original songwriting inspired by their rural central valley roots. Whether the song showcases an up-tempo rolling banjo in steady 4/4 or a sad singing steel guitar behind a waltzy, sweetly sung story song, they put across their material with passion and conviction. Indeed, their strength is in the energy of their live performances, which continue to bring enthusiastic fans back for more hollering, foot stomping, and even some heartfelt slow dancing. In an age of increasingly harder times, The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfitwants to bring to wider audiences the original sounds and songs that have got them through, putting the senses of home and heart back into American music.

Possum & Lester are the acoustic stringband offspring, grandchildren and step cousins to the Pine Box Boys, Kemo Sabe, Diego’s Umbrella. Not quite as dark, spooky, and drunk as their older kin, but somehow are much older than their kin. It’s weird, but true. After all, these hillbillies do come from the backwoods of Arkansas and Oklahoma. Possum and Lester’s repertoire date back to the early days of stringband music (1900-1930) and to the early days of bluegrass (1940s). The band features: Lester Raw (Pine Box Boys) on vocals and acoustic guitar, Possum (Pine Box Boys) on banjo and vocals, Cary Kirk (Kemo Sabe) on mandolin and vocals, Col.Leather (Pine Box Boys) on bass, Jason Kleinberg (Diego’s Umbrella) on fiddle, and featuring some of the best and worst jokes you’ve never heard. You won’t wanna miss this all new experience!