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The lineup includes Dwayne Brooke on guitar and vocals, Ryan Mayo on upright bass and piano, Jesse Shultzaberger on drums, and David Van Deventer on fiddle. The Woodshedders have played a bunch of fun shows this part year including Red Wing Roots Music Festival, Deep Roots Mountain Revival, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Mountain Stage New Song Fest, Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival, PBS Song of the Mountains, The U.S. State Department's Fourth of July Picnic, Opera House LIVE!, The Hamilton, Confluence Festival, WAMU’s Capital Americana, The Jefferson Theater, and a monthly residency at Hill Country BBQ DC. They are the also the host band of Virginia’s Watermelon Park Fest.
The Woodshedders have been working diligently on another brand new, all-original album project, several tunes of which you may have heard live since Watermelon Park Fest '16 including Blur, Like the Sun, Januray 23, Tell the World, and Spark. They've recorded several of these tracks at Montrose Studios in Richmond, VA so far and will be releasing singles over the Winter months before the final album launches sometime in the Spring. Word around the campfire is there will be several special guests (of course) and a horn section!
"We love all kinds of music, so that's what kind we play"
Jesse has appeared on over twenty studio albums and played with tons of bands. In addition to an impressive recording and performance career, he has taught private drum lessons for over fifteen years and recently released his drum instruction book, "Foundations of Drumming: An Incremental Approach to the Drumset."
DAVID VAN DEVENTER
FIDDLE / VOCALS
AKA Fiddlin' Dave. He also plays in Furnace Mountain Band, and has shared the stage with a host of amazing musicians including David Grissman, Sam Bush, Vassar Clements, Larry Keel, and tons more. Fiddle is also the co-producer of Watermelon Park Fest in Berryville, VA.
BASSES / PIANO / VOCALS
Ryan plays both electric bass (a 2015 Fodera Monarch through a Mike Arnopol Soundworks custom cabinet), and upright doghouse acoustic bass fiddle (a 2007 Shen Rogeri). He also plays in Vintage Dixieland Jazz group The Arcadians.
GUITAR / VOCALS
Dwayne typically plays a 1940s Gibson Southern Jumbo acoustic, or a 1968 Gibson ES330 electric through a Supro Saturn Amp. He also plays in several other bands including Terry Jackness & The Thundercrackers, and The Derailleurs. He is currently at work writing a few brand new humdingers for the forthcoming album.
The Woodshedders released a new single and accompanying video today entitled "1/23" in honor of legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt (January 23, 1910-May 16, 1953). The new original composition was recorded at Montrose Studios, Mixed and Mastered at M80 Studtios in Purcellville, VA, video-recorded from a live-show at Opera House Live in Shepherdstown, WV by Anywhere Studios, and penned by The Woodshedders' Fiddlin' Dave Van Deventer.
"1/23" Single Released in honor of Django
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"As Americana shape-shifters, the Woodshedders deftly move between various styles of roots music. The five-piece string band first formed out of a weekly gypsy-jazz gig in Harpers Ferry, but on its third album, “Wildfire,” the group reveals a much broader range of influences.
Album opener “Highway” is a pastoral, acoustic folk journey that cruises with dexterous bow work from fiddler Dave Van Deventer. More fluid chops are on display in the newgrass instrumental “Keel Reel,” which showcases nimble-fingered guitar and mandolin runs.
Beyond the tight string work, the most engaging thing about the Woodshedders’s sound is guitarist and lead singer Dwayne Brooke’s versatile vocals. In the alt-country ramble “Two Strings,” Brooke sings with a mellow ache that sounds as if it could have come from Conor Oberst or Okkervil River’s Will Sheff. But when he raises the volume in the swamp-funk stomp of “River Blues,” he stretches his pipes with a raw blues power that might make Robert Plant raise his eyebrows.
There’s more electric charge on the backwoods rocker “O Dig,” but the album rarely stays in one genre for long. “Love Crumbs” has a vintage swing groove and speedy honky-tonk guitar runs, while “Rabbit Hole” delivers a dance-friendly Cajun rhythm. Impressively, it all manages to stay cohesive. "
- — Jedd Ferris, The Washington Post
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