North of Despair

It could very well be that one’s definition of a “new” Texas sound – whatever it’s defined by – depends entirely upon one’s point of view. Fair enough.

Consider Wood & Wire‘s perspective; it’s the best of many worlds as they combine straight-up country and bluegrass vibes to power their songs. And for Wood & Wire, part of that “Texas sound” emerges from the inspiration they get from songwriters before them, and the band’s refusal to romanticize anything about the Lone Star State’s culture or history. It’s a strong connection on their latest album, North of Despair, their heartfelt tribute to the tremendous strength of hard-working Texans, the lives they’ve forged, and the fearless way they stand their ground.

North of Despair comes out April 13th, but you have the chance to hear some of the new stuff when Wood & Wire plays an instore set tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Waterloo Records, 600 N. Lamar Blvd. And you also have the opportunity to see songwriter/vocalist Tony Kamel do a solo performance tonight at Hotel Vegas, 1500 E. 6th, at 8 p.m. All good. Recommended.

-Photo by by Brandon Aguilar.

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