Wood and Wire Plays Tonight at the Cactus Cafe, Starting March Residency
Okay. Granted, the gentlemen of Wood and Wire aren’t necessarily new kids on the block. After all, mandolinist Matt Slusher is one of the founders of the South Austin Jug Band, and of course guitarist Tony Kamel, and bassist Dom Fisher have a lot of experience performing. But the bluegrass trio is a relatively new band to the scene – one that’s quickly gaining momentum.
They first got together last fall and started rehearsing almost immediately, polishing up some incredible three-part harmonies, putting together a set list with both traditional and plenty of new tunes, and letting loose with their intense, rapid-fire picking. That’s what pulls you in. There’s no mistaking that electrifying chemistry between the musicians. A lot of thought goes into each arrangement, but they make it seem so effortless with a genuine, infectious enthusiasm. Then, quite humbly, they remind everyone of how fortunate they are “to be a part of a much larger community that boasts some of the best acoustic musicians in the world.”
Looks like there are plans for recording a new album this summer. Meanwhile, don’t miss Wood and Wire as they begin their March residency tonight at the Cactus Cafe, at 24th St. and Guadalupe, in the Texas Union on the UT campus. Songwriter Shawn Nelson is opening the show. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Recommended.