Plywood Cowboy - Album Release Show

Friday August 3, 2018 @ 8:00 PM

41 Bridge Street welcomes back PLYWOOD COWBOY for their Album Release Show on Friday, August 3rd. Cricket Blue to open the show at 8 pm!

Imagine the days of yore, driving along dusty back roads, your radio tuned to music that was raw and authentic. Enter Plywood Cowboy in 2018, crafting songs ripe with these nostalgic comforts, yet perfectly suited for the soundtrack of modern life. With their second album release, “Blue Skies”, the band continues to produce refreshing music that has been called “steeped in tradition, with lyrics full of longing, truth and heart” by Sound Waves Magazine.

In keeping with their debut EP “Channel 33”, the band’s first full-length album, “Blue Skies”, was recorded at Riverway Studio with producer and Grammy-nominated composer Ira Sakolsky, and is set for release in August 2018. The album is a robust collection of songs that paint a musical story, written by lead singer-songwriter, guitarist and keyboardist Steve Dedman. Completing the Plywood Cowboy crew are Kat Wallace (violin, vocals), Shane Tanner (bass), Emmet Hale (percussion), and Austin Gray (guitar, vocals).

Born in the Connecticut River Valley in 2015, Plywood Cowboy continues to expand nationally. The band has been honored to open for the Grammy-nominated act Yarn, as well as for United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and has performed with members of Keith Urban’s band. In 2018, Plywood Cowboy won the Connecticut Folk Festival band competition, giving them the opportunity to share the CT Folk Festival stage with Martin Sexton.

These cowboys of the airwaves channel tradition not only in their sound, but also in name. Dedman 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 him 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, their influences will forever be heard in Plywood Cowboy’s music.

Vermont-based folk duo Cricket Blue is inspired by diverse aspects of the American folk tradition: old and current, popular and obscure. Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith write songs marked by close-knit harmonies and words about myth, confusion, love, and the ends of things. Heaberlin’s and Smith’s sometimes mingled, sometimes markedly contrasting imaginations form the bones of Cricket Blue's sound. Heaberlin’s perceptive lyrical voice elevates everyday mundanities and makes the sublime pocket-sized. Smith threads images and characters into narratives that flicker between enigmatic and nakedly honest. They count songwriters like Jeff Mangum, Joanna Newsom, Laura Marling, and Anaïs Mitchell among their influences, as well as poets and storytellers like Dylan Thomas, Alice Munro, and Angela Carter.

Tickets to Plywood Cowboy's Album Release Show w/ special guests Cricket Blue are $15 for General Admission and $25 for VIP Reserved (+ fees).


$15, $25