Wood & Wire is an Austin-based acoustic bluegrass band that formed in 2010 and quickly set out to make a name on the local music scene.Â Their music may be classified as bluegrass, but they incorporate a variety of contemporary elements throughout their debut album and in their live performances.
Their self-titled debut is jam-packed with musical goodness; the songs are well-composed and rely heavily on solid playing and carefully crafted harmonies.Â In support of their album, Wood & Wire joined Yonder Mountain String Band as an opener for a handful of shows on their Winter Tour. I had the pleasure of seeing this band live in Nashville, and thought they had strong stage presence, which was backed up with an exceptional performance that made me excited for their album release.
Upon listening to the album, I was pleased to hear their strong showing on stage translated exceptionally well to the studio. Front to back, this album is fantastic, and it offers the listener excellent lyrical compositions that are supported by precise picking and sharp vocals. While I donâ€™t think there is a throwaway track on this release, I do have some favorites.Â The album opens up quickly and strongly with â€œMexico,â€ and it maintains a consistent pace with other standout tracks such as â€œSetting the World On Fire,â€ â€œBet the World,â€ and â€œFool Out of Me.â€
This is a solid debut for Wood & Wire and should not be overlooked by anyone interested in a great new bluegrass band.Â Get out there and buy this album!
Wood & Wire is out now.