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The Wiyos

by The Wiyos

Vaudevillian ragtime, jugband blues and hillbilly swing
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jack and Boon
3:13 $0.99
2. Midnight Train
2:57 $0.99
3. Dying Crapshooters Blues
4:06 $0.99
4. NYC Blues
3:54 $0.99
5. Everybody Loves my Baby
2:26 $0.99
6. Silver Spoon
3:18 $0.99
7. Number Nine
3:34 $0.99
8. Side by Side
2:44 $0.99
9. I Can't Dance
2:13 $0.99
10. Twenty Feet of Water
3:27 $0.99
11. Hudson Valley Line
3:32 $0.99
12. Caught Us Doing It
2:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Wiyos have released their self-titled third record “The Wiyos”, which is comprised of original songs inspired by the old-time stringbands, blues singers, jugbands and hot jazz ensembles of the 1920's & 30's; as well as 4 arrangements of period songs. In a world of over-produced and digitally modified music, the band teamed up with producer Perry Margouleff (Rolling Stones, Jimmy Page, Aerosmith) to record through some of the world's finest class A analogue equipment to two-track tape. The songs on "The Wiyos" were recorded absoluely live with no overdubs over the span of three days. All dynamics were created by adjusting individual positions in relation to the two microphones; no digital editing or mixing occured during post-production.

The WIYOS play a singular style of old-timey American music that they call "vaudevillian ragtime-jugband-blues and hillbilly swing." An acoustic trio comprised of three vocals, washboard, harmonica, kazoo, archtop/resonator guitar/banjo-ukulele, and upright bass, The Wiyos transport listeners back to a time before TV and mass media were the main sources of entertainment; to the days when acoustic, handmade music could be heard on live radio and at community dances, medicine shows and house parties. The WIYOS are joined by special guest Teddy Webber of The Hunger Mountain Boys on guitar and steel slide guitar on 4 tracks.

Based in New York City, The Wiyos have spent the last five years touring relentlessly, and as a result have become one of the most recognized and acclaimed old-timey acoustic bands on the east coast. They have been featured at many venerable festivals and listening rooms including The Newport Folk Festival (2004-05), The Piccolo Spoleto Festival (2005-6), The Kennedy Center Arts Festival (2007), The Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors Festival (2006), The Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series (2003-07), Floydfest (2007), and Bristol Rhythm and Roots (2004-7). They have also toured throughout Canada, The UK, The Netherlands, France and Sweden.

Press Quotes:

“The Wiyos really ‘rocked my boat’. Great material, great enthusiasm and great skill on their instruments!"
-Roy Bookbinder

"Tons of fun."
-Sing Out

"The Wiyos are way too good to open for my band ever again. Those guys kick more ass than should be allowed."
-Wammo, Asylum Street Spankers

"The WIYOS Live will leave you reeling, and ecstatic."
-Pear River Express, Deertrees, MA

"Pure old-fashioned entertainment... their musicianship was outstanding. "
-Americana, UK



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Steve Schurr

Great CD from a dynamite live group!
I bought their three CDs, and like them all. If you haven\'t seen these guys live, do it at your earliest opportunity. They are a hoot! I\'m driving 4 hours to catch a gig in November.

joe cano

A breath of fresh air I listen to music all day this is a refreshing change of pace,a little spike jones,a little blues,just what the music doctor ordered...keep em coming

Peggy Wooden

The Wiyos
After seeing The Wiyos perform at Winfield, where they blew everyone away with their superb musicianship and hilarious antics, we were a bit skeptical about whether a recording could convey the energy and fun of their live performance. What a nice surprise--they come across in their CD's wonderfully! What an amazing group!

mike taylor

Loved it! Brings back many memories. Keep up the good work guys!

Leanna Buckland

These guys are a must see live. They are on YouTube check out Micheals "one man band". Wonderful performers and muscians!

Jeffrey J. Barnes

I have all three of The Wiyos' CDs and these guys just get better all the time! I would love to see them perform live someday! In a world of canned music that is, for the most part, designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator, The Wiyos are a wonderul change! It's REAL music!

Philip Howard

fantastic.... watched them on Folk america @ the barbican last night and loved it! fantastic ability on the instruments, truely cracking band, hopefully ill be able to catch them live soon!

Robin Richesson

This CD was just what I was hoping for. The 'Dying Crapshooters Blues' was the track that drew me in, and it is still my favorite, but I enjoy this whole CD. In many ways it reminds me of one of my all time favorites, Leon Redbone, with its affection for the past and quirky individualism. You want to get up and move around while listening to this one, and sing along, with a big smile on your face! I hope to see Wiyos live sometime. Please keep this music coming!

Ben Harman

The Wiyos
This CD is great! We happened upon them at the Rhythm and Roots Festival and loved them. The CD is just as energetic and fun as the concert was. We can't wait to see them again.

Robert Colladay

Keep em coming
This is my third CD in 3 months. I really can't get enough. The best surprise was the use of banjo ukulele. It makes "I can't Dance" my hands down favorite and has forced me to get back to practicing. The ukemanship is very nice!

As usual there is not a bad track on the disc. This CD has some of their best recorded harmonies to date. It isn't something that seems to get mentioned alot in reviews, but if you get past the fact that these guys are funny, great musicians, fantastic showmen and versatile, you will also notice that they can sing their butts off!

Buy this one, get a 5 cd player, wait for the next 2 to come out, enjoy!
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