July 19, 2007
If you hear only one bluegrass band this summer it ought to be the Wilders. A very special cafe appearance just before their appearance at the Greyfox Festival.
“The Wilders have a deep and compelling, foottapping sense of rhythm that lays the foundation, whether it’s the oldtime ‘Jenny On The Road,’ the harddriving ‘When The Levee’s Gone,’ or the honkytonkin’ spiritual ‘Belshazzar.’ You can easily imagine pretty much any of the early Opry acts doing ‘The Blues Come Around’ or a ballad like ‘Together Apart.’ Come to think of it, maybe that’s the best label for them… a oneband oldtime Opry show.” –Bluegrass Unlimited
“The fresh news on ‘Throw Down’ is two-fold: The Wilders wrote seven of the 14 songs… the originals all get along nicely with the other seven numbers… [The Wilders are] a vibrant old-time country band that takes its music seriously but leavens that cool efficiency with levity, enthusiasm and warmth.” –The Kansas City Star
“[They] play their wooden instruments like they’re trying to set ’em on fire. They’ve always emphasized rampaging rhythms and a hellbent attitude, but on their upcoming album ‘Throw Down’ (due out April 25), they mature into a can’t-be-denied group that relies on virtuosity and tight ferocity more than on novelty.” –Nashville Scene
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