Friday April 7, 2017 @ 8:00 PM
41 Bridge Street welcomes PLYWOOD COWBOY, with opening act Nathan Day & JD Williams, on Friday, April 7th at 8 pm!
Formed in 2015 in the Connecticut River Valley, Plywood Cowboy is poised to rewrite the American Songbook. "With great harmonies, clever songs & tasty guitar pickin', Plywood Cowboy is one of the best new bands on the Americana scene." (Chris Bergson, NY Blues Hall of Fame Inductee). Their heart-born songs interweave the rich heritage of earthen, country roots and the sentimental poignancy of singer-songwriter traditions. Bottle-fed on roots music, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Steve Dedman and his band strike deep at the soul of American music with songs about hound dogs, heart strings, and the vice of the bottle.
Plywood Cowboy’s 2016 debut EP, Channel 33, was produced by Grammy-nominated artist Ira Sakolsky. In Ira’s own words, the album delivers “a musically compelling balance between smart lyrics and dynamically tasty sound”. The character-driven songs paint a story, and with glimmers of hopefulness, plant a smile within. The first single off the album, “Heartbreak Ready to Fall”, tells the story of an open mic romance, with a penetrating chorus line and driving telecaster riff by guitarist Austin Gray. The album includes additional band members, with Shane Tanner's warm Fender bass lines, Ed Iarusso's masterful pedal steel, and Emily Marcello's powerful violin. Adding Jason Apostoleris' exacting drumwork to the band’s new lineup, Plywood Cowboy's music sits comfortably on the ears of its listeners.
Cowboys of the airwaves, no one in the band owns any cows. Not as of yet, at least. Steve learned to play guitar from his father, David, and family friend John Hanus, who would pick guitars and sing their favorite country songs over their CB radios, and take the time on Sundays to teach Steve how to pick in country-western style. From Kris Kristopherson to Lefty Frizzell, John and David taught a young Steve true American music. Few knew John by his real name, but many knew him by his CB handle, "Plywood Cowboy”, a reference to his day job hauling lumber around the northeast. Though both CB'ers have left the airwaves, it is through the band's “incredible, toe-tapping, quality Americana music” (Ibby Carothers, iCRV Radio) that their influences will forever be heard.
Openers Nathan Day and JD Williams:
Acclaimed from Connecticut to the Carolinas, the smooth voice and songwriting stylings of Nathan Day harkens 70's artists like John Denver and Jim Croce. Combined with the mandolin work of JD Williams (Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters), the duo’s "James Taylor meets bluegrass” sound is both pleasant and impressive.