Friday, September 23, 7:00pm
WOOD BELLY: Something downright mystical is happening on Colorado’s Front Range. The very roots of traditional acoustic music seem to sprout from the dirt, shaking their dust into the winds of change, to be breathed in and become the soul of musicians who craft their songs here.
Such is the music of Wood Belly, a musical collective of Chris Weist (mandolin), Tom Knowlton (guitar), Chris Zink (dobro), Aaron McCloskey (banjo) and Taylor Shuck (bass). A Wood Belly song has its own lyrical persona and masterful arrangement; rooted in bluegrass tradition and planted solidly in contemporary innovation.
The band has been garnering attention since the release of their 2018 debut album Solid Ground, which was followed by a win at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Band Competition (earning them a main stage performance slot at the 2019 festival), as well as an IBMA Momentum Band of the Year nomination.
THE TWO TRACKS: American Songwriter has this to say about The Two Tracks: “They avoid many of the cliches and gimmicks that have grown common in the Americana world while still championing a natural, Earth-grown sound. To hear an acoustic quartet reach a level of dynamic and thematic intensity like The Two Tracks do is an immeasurably rewarding experience. It’s pure musicianship, it’s pure excellence, it’s pure Americana.”
Husband and wife duo Julie and Dave Huebner write songs that traverse the male and female perspective with emotional and natural images of rural American life. The band cares about lyrics, story, the power of the song as much as the music itself, and every arrangement is designed to fully highlight that direct connection between the song and the listener. Hailing from right here in Sheridan, Wyoming, the band has traversed the country bringing their joyful, unique sound to stages big and small, including their first international trip this year, traveling to Dubai for performances at the World Expo. They’ve opened for artists such as Orville Peck, Eilen Jewell, Kitchen Dwellers, Black Lillies, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades and more.
Julie’s driving rhythm guitar, on-stage enthusiasm and vocal prowess dance perfectly with Dave’s rich voice and unique cello playing, adding a layer of surprise to the band’s sound that touches on high lonesome bluegrass and vintage country vibes while ending up in a world all it’s own thanks to the four part harmonies, and rock solid groove filled out by Taylor Phillps on bass and Fernando Serna on drums. All seasoned musicians and good friends, they have knit their passions into a tight band family, and it comes across in their albums and on stage.
Adult $25 ♦ Senior/Military $21 ♦ Student $14
STREAM TO YOUR HOME! $25 – purchase tickets here: https://wyotheater.booktix.com/
Sponsored by the WYO’s Major Season Sponsors: Ron & Kris Butler, Scott Davis & Mary Ludemann, Susan & Gary Miller, E.C. & Edith Gwillim Memorial Fund, Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Sheridan Hotel and Convention Center, Kim & Mary Kay Love, Mars Charitable Trust, Joe F. & Roberta H. Napier Foundation, Sheridan Media, Thickman Family Foundation, William F. & Lorene W. Welch Foundation, Wolf Creek Charitable with additional support from Pat & Bruce Tomsovic, Stephanie’s Purpose, and SupR SavR Magazine