Wood & Wire'd on 5th Street
Wood & Wire played a hometown show at the iconic Antone’s located in Downtown Austin. The show was action packed from start to finish. Every time we get the chance to see this band play, they get better and better. Band members Tony Kamel (guitar), Billy Bright (mandolin), Trevor Smith (banjo), and Dom Fisher (bass), along with special guest Noah Jeffries on fiddle (The Deer), undoubtedly know how to show Austin music fans a great time.
The band’s sound isn’t traditional bluegrass, although they still appeal to that fanbase. Wood & Wire is more progressive bluegrass. Newgrass bands have been blowing up over the past five years. Greensky Bluegrass, Railroad Earth, Yonder Mountain, and Infamous Stringdusters, have left the traditional roots of the genre and explored music adventure. In doing so, it keeps things fresh and innovative. Fans feel like they’re in the action and their energy helps dictate the set and jam direction.
In my opinion, I think Wood & Wire should explore that musical adventure even more. The band is so tight, and have their catalog mastered, bringing more improvisation could propel them into the stratosphere. This band has it all, the local music scene is proud to see what this Austin band can make of their art. The band is road tested and makes good use of their Wood & Wire on tour. The quartet’s sound has comprehensive melodies, smooth segues, stunning codas, long spiraling solos, and great jam filled middle sections.
Tony Kamel, a local staple in the Austin Bluegrass scene, commands any stage he steps on. He is a great musician, and like most great musicians, Tony has a stellar band. Standout banjo player, Trevor Smith, plays with bands across the board in the local scene. His mastering of the banjo sets him apart from the pack here in town. Billy Bright blew us away last week; locked in from the get-go, he was a treat to watch on this warm, Thursday night. Billy sang a few tunes that showed off his versatility as a musician. Lastly, the remarkable rhythm section consisting of a huge piece of wood and long wires: standup bass player Dom Fisher. Fisher and Kamel formed the band in 2011 and haven’t looked back since.
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