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Grammy-Nominated Wood & Wire Make Tucson Debut with Ryanhood at El Casino Ballroom to Benefit 35th Annual Tucson Folk Festival

February 1 @ 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm


The Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association presents a night of foot-stomping, dance-floor-filling Bluegrass, Roots, and original folk music in support of the 2020 Tucson Folk Festival. The Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association is pleased to present grammy-nominated Americana roots juggernauts Wood & Wire on February 1 at El Casino Ballroom in Tucson, Arizona. Local favorites Ryanhood open the show at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15 (advance) / $20 (at the door). Proceeds benefit the 2020 Tucson Folk Festival, one of the oldest free Americana and Folk music festivals in the country.

Saturday, February 1, 2020 | Wood & Wire with Ryanhood
Venue: El Casino Ballroom 437 E 26th St, Tucson, AZ 85713
Doors: 6:30 PM. Show: 7:30 – 11:00 PM
Tickets: Open Seating for $15 in advance / $20 at the door
Table Sponsorship: $500 for a reserved table seating and admission for up to 10 people
Buy Tickets at https://elcasino2020tkma.brownpapertickets.com/ or in person at Bookmans, Antigone Books and The Folk Shop. Presented by the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association.

The Texas songwriter tradition casts a long shadow today, and Austin-based Americana roots juggernauts Wood & Wire could easily rattle off a long list of songwriters that inspire them from Willie Nelson to James McMurtry. But if you ask them about what it is about Texas that produced so many great songwriters over the years, they’ll stop cold. This isn’t a land made for quiet reflection and unnecessary romanticization, they say, it’s a land made for hard work. Respect for honest labor is a central theme in Wood & Wires 2018 GRAMMY Nominated album for Best Bluegrass, North of Despair (Blue Corn Music), with songs populated by people like songwriter Tony Kamel’s own grandfather, who built the family’s hunting lodge in Llano, Texas with his own two hands. The characters on the album live large and without fear to share their opinions about the modern world. The band’s vivid, haunting songwriting focused on lives spent deep in the countryside is a hallmark of classic Texas songwriting.

The melding of this hard-country songwriting with high-octane bluegrass instrumentation is what makes for Wood & Wire’s signature sound. Artists like John Hartford have trod this ground before, mixing great songs, bluegrass virtuosity and a strong sense of place; Wood & Wire aim to pave the way for Austin’s roots scene, bursting out of the giant expanses of the state with a fully-fledged vision for a new Texan sound. On North of Despair, they bring the ferocity of their live shows to the studio, whipping through barn-burning anthems about hard people in hard times.

Touring hard for the past three years helped solidify the songs, and you can feel the impromptu joy in each track. 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 mandolinist 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. Guitarist Tony Kamel is the lead singer and songwriter, but each band member contributes compositions and songwriting to their new album, a key feature of Wood & Wire’s democratic nature.

This will be Wood & Wire’s inaugural appearance in Tucson after years of national touring honing and perfecting their energetic live show. The band is no stranger to the Southwest, though, as their banjo player, Trevor Smith grew up in Tucson and contributed to many local bluegrass and roots bands before moving to the “Live Music Capital of the World”, Austin, Texas where he joined Wood & Wire.

Opening the show will be Tucson favorites, Ryanhood. Named Best Group/Duo in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards, acoustic-duo Ryanhood were 2017 Tucson Folk Festival headliners and were recently named the Discovery of the Year by John Platt at WFUV New York City. Their sixth and newest album, Yearbook, is led by their signature two-part vocal harmonies, decorated with flares of guitar, ukulele, and mandolin, and centers on songs about being young, growing old, and making peace with the passing of time. Cameron Hoods rich and folky lead vocals, Ryan Greens explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them, a match made in radio heaven.

This will be General Admission show with seating available on folding chairs at tables. Food for purchase will also be available through food trucks in the parking lot. Although adult beverages will be available for purchase with proper ID, this is also a family friendly all-ages show.

Saturday, February 1, 2020 | Wood & Wire with Ryanhood
Venue: El Casino Ballroom 437 E 26th St, Tucson, AZ 85713
Doors: 6:30 PM. Show: 7:30 – 11:00 PM
Tickets: $15 (advance) / $20 (door)
Presented by the Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association

NOTE TO MEDIA: Photos available

The Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association (TKMA) began as a group of friends gathering regularly on Friday nights for potlucks and jammin’ in the kitchen. TKMA was established to further public awareness and interest in acoustical music and other folk arts by promoting and producing the annual Tucson Folk Festival. TKMA is an all-volunteer-operated, member-supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Tucson Folk Festival is an annual, free, family-friendly folk music festival held in some of the most historic locations in downtown Tucson.


February 1
6:30 pm - 11:00 pm


Tucson Kitchen Musicians Association


El Casino Ballroom
437 E 26th St
Tucson, AZ 85713 United States
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(520) 623-1865

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