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What to do in Oklahoma on Jan. 19, 2020: Hear Wood & Wire play a Winter Wind Concert at The Depot in Norman

Wood & Wire [Photo provided]
Wood & Wire [Photo provided]

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NORMAN - Austin, Texas-based Americana roots band - Wood & Wire, whose latest release, "North of Despair," was Grammy nominated for Best Bluegrass Record - will play Winter Wind stage at 7 tonight at The Depot, 200 S Jones.

On "North of Despair," Wood & Wire bring the ferocity of their live shows to the studio, whipping through barn-burning anthems about hard people in hard times. The characters on the album live large and aren’t afraid to share their opinions about the modern world. This kind of vivid, haunting songwriting focused on lives spent deep in the countryside is a hallmark of Texas songwriting. But it’s the melding of this hard country songwriting with high-octane bluegrass instrumentation that makes for Wood & Wire’s signature sound, according to a news release. 

Touring hard for the past three years helped solidify the songs. Bassist Dom Fisher lends a buoyancy to the music that mixes racing bluegrass bass lines with the backbeat of a great country bass player. A highlight of the group is the interplay between mandolin player Billy Bright and banjo player Trevor Smith, both of whom seem to delight in pugilistic bouts that romp through the songs, as much country-funk as it is Monroe & Scruggs. Tony Kamel is the lead singer and songwriter, but each band member contributes compositions and songwriting to the new album, a key feature of Wood & Wire’s democratic nature.

Wood & Wire considers itself fortunate to exist “south of rich and north of despair,” buoyed by family and friends to keep them from the bottom, according to the press materials. Wood & Wire rely on their humble acoustic instruments and their own hands to make music meant to last. 

The Depot is a nonprofit organization with a mission to create and present excellent and innovative fine arts programs for the enrichment and education of the community. For additional information about the Depot Gallery, Summer Breeze and Winter Wind Concerts, Poetry Readings, Workshops and other programs at The Depot, go to

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