How Brooklyn Became a Bastion Of Independent Country Music
In the late 80’s, there was a commercial for Pace Picante Sauce that featured a bunch of cowboys sitting around a campfire eating a chuck wagon dinner. When the cowboys ran out of Pace made in San Antonio (by folks who know what Picante sauce is supposed to taste like, the commercial proclaimed), the cook handed over a jar of a different Picante sauce made in New Your City. Simultaneously the cowboys responded, “New York City?!?” The the commercial ends with the meanest looking desperado of the bunch demanding, “Get A Rope.”
In subsequent years, “Get A Rope” became synonymous with mentioning something that was supposed to be Southern or Western that instead originated from New York and should thus be considered subpar. Years removed from “get a rope” being an catchphrase of pop culture, mentioning New York City is not the sacrilege to Southern culture it once was. Still of course to some country music fans, nothing could spell the antithesis of “country” more than New York.
But even many of those hardliners are finding it hard to admit that for whatever reason, and however it all came about, New York City, and specifically the burb of Brooklyn has become an unexpected bastion of neotraditional country music, Southern folk, and authentic roots that are helping to set the pace for quality in the independent country and Americana realm.
You would be hard pressed to find a name being more bandied about as a bright spot for the future of country music than the Brooklyn-based classic country crooner Zephaniah OHora. His debut record This Highway still tops many people’s list as their favorite example of modern-made classic country done right, and he’s helped shine a brighter spotlight on the emerging scene in New York’s Brooklyn borough.
Zephaniah OHora cut his teeth at a local Brooklyn honky tonk called Skinny Dennis, which he’s also works asthe booking agent for. Named for the 6’11” bass player for Guy Clark who passed away at the age of 28, it has become the nexus and epicenter of support for local country music talent that has allowed Zephaniah and others to branch out with a more national and international focus.
Skinny Dennis is where you can see local country talent worthy of international acclaim. That’s certainly the case with Kentucky native and New York resident Cliff Westfall, who commonly plays at Brooklyn’s uncommon honky tonk, showcasing his original country music like the stuff heard on his recently-released and well-regarded album Baby You Win. Cliff Westfall, just like Zephaniah, is helping rewrite stereotypes about country music in the Big Apple.
Authenticity is often the very first criticism of country artists emanating from New York. But like Cliff Westfall and others, many of Brooklyn’s country music proprietors are often transplants from other locales that have brought their love for country music to the big city. This was the case for Bug Jennings—a Texas native who turned up in the Brooklyn-based wild-assed country band The Defibulators. Though currently not as active as they once were, their 2009 album Corn Money, and 2013 effort Debt’ll Get’em helped galvanize Brooklyn’s burgeoning country music scene as it was just getting its feet beneath it, and they helped build support around other bands.
Support of fellow New York musicians is one of the reasons the scene in Brooklyn is helping to birth such talent, and why that talent is going on to have a national impact. Just like Zephaniah helping to book bands at Skinny Dennis, for years The Defibulators have hosted a well-attended showcase at Austin’s SXSW event called the Brooklyn Country Cantina, cross pollinating country music acts with Brooklyn ties to the local scene in Austin, and other locales around the country like Nashville and Los Angeles. In a super-crowded SXSW landscape, Brooklyn Country Cantina is one of the best go-to showcases of SXSW annually.
Expounding on their talents for booking tours and promotions, Bug Jennings and fellow Defibulators member Erin Bru now work as booking agents for Crossover Touring, which books numerous Brooklyn and New York-based country and folk musicians such as Zephaniah OHora, The Brother Brothers, and other important insurgent country artists such as Sarah Shook (originally from Rochester, New York), Billy Strings, and Michaela Anne. Being based in Brooklyn allows independent country and roots artists from all around the country to gain a foothold in the big Metropolis and build touring routes through New England to find new audiences. Where before many country bands would avoid the big city, now it’s a destination for independent country bands of all stripes.
Speaking of The Brother Brothers, they are another surging act from Brooklyn who help symbolize the folk and bluegrass aspect of the scene. The close harmonies of the identical twins and their debut EP Tugboats have them on the tip of the tongue whenever people ask what great singing duos are emerging. The brothers can be commonly be seen and heard collaborating with Phoebe Hunt—another Texas transplant and former fiddle prodigy who put roots down in Brooklyn and is helping to vitalize a thriving scene where artists challenge and help each other as collaborators, session musicians, and touring buddies.
Country music from New York is nothing new of course, even in the modern era. In the early 90’s, musician and songwriter Greg Garing was one of the essential performers who helped revitalize the lower Broadway portion of downtown Nashville, which at the time was not much more than some boarded up shopfronts and dirty bookstores in the shadows of the mothballed Ryman Auditorium. Along with bands like Jason & The Scoarchers and Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, lower Broadway came alive again from the help of performers like Greg Garing. But by that time it started showing signs of developing into the tourist trap it is today, Garing had moved to New York City, and brought his classic country sound with him that began infecting the local population of fans and musicians, and building a foundation for what we see in Brooklyn today.
Collaborating with Greg Garing and other New York musicians was Andy Gibson, best known for being the stand up steel player for Hank Williams III and a dozen other projects. Gibson lived in New York for eight years, laying groundwork for old-school country appeal just like Garing.
Another important early influence on the New York country scene was Moot Davis, originally from nearby Trenton, New Jersey. Playing in and around New York helped widen the appeal for country in the city. When the Brooklyn-based string band The Wiyos were asked to tour with Bob Dylan in 2009, it put Brooklyn string music on the national map, and they became national representatives of Brooklyn’s roots scene. Along with genre-bending New York roots artists like vocal acrobatic and beat boxer Adam Matta— who’s also collaborated with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and other country/roots bands, and the eclectic Sxip Shirey—The Wiyos and others started exploring just how far “roots music” could go.
But you can also find true appreciation for authentic country roots on the streets of New York, if you know where to look. “Most of the songs I like are from people that are dead,” says 12-year-old clawhammer banjo prodigy and Brooklyn street performer “Little” Nora Brown. She goes on tho say in a recent mini-doc, “One difference between old time and pop music is it’s very electronic and shaped to make it perfect. But old time music is songs that are more songs that are passed down from generation to generation.”
Of course there’s also room for much bigger performers in Brooklyn, and it has been facilitated by the Hill Country Barbecue venues, including one in Brooklyn (which is currently being renovated to facilitate the growing interest, and set to reopen in late summer, 2018), as well as another location just over the bridge in Manhattan. Along with some great barbecue, this is where New York’s country music fans can see many club-level national touring acts, and where those touring acts can find new fans in the biggest media market in America. Where there used to be few choices for country performers in New York—and most of them were punk clubs and rockabilly bars—now ample stage space and performances slots are making it easier to make a living as a country musician living in America’s most urban area.
One such musician is master Telecaster player and producer Jim Campilongo. Originally from San Francisco, Campilongo produced Zephaniah OHora’s This Highway, and he’s also a member of the New York-based country music supergroup, The Little Willies with Norah Jones. Even for musicians in New York who don’t see country as their primary gig, there is an affinity for the music among the musical population in the city that may surprise many outside of New York.
You can get in trouble trying to list off all the Brooklyn and New York acts playing country these days. Galea‘s Diary of a Bad Housewife album from 2005 is an underground country gem that came from New York. Brooklyn’s Karen and the Sorrows are definitely worth your consideration. CC and the Boys are regulars at Skinny Dennis, along with other great bands. Vinyl Ranch also often supplies country music to Skinny Dennis and other locales. And it goes on and on from there, with apologies to bands and artists not named.
Authenticity and place of origin will always be a well-debated point when it comes to country music, and New York will always feel like a foreign land for country to many, even more so than other countries such as Canada and Australia which share many of the same agrarian and Western-style landscapes as the American South and West. But wherever there is a love for country music, you shouldn’t be surprised to hear it being made and enjoyed, and in the case of Brooklyn, it’s often the kind of country music that’s more authentic to the roots of the genre.
If anything, the old 80’s catchphrase “Get A Rope” is now more appropriate to much of the country music coming off of Music Row in Nashville, not New York.
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Who else is making great country and roots music in Brooklyn and New York? Please feel free to pipe up in the comments below.
The Georgia Cracker
July 18, 2018 @ 11:23 am
I don’t know if she’s in Brooklyn but Tennessee native Laura Cantrell has been making great country records in NYC for years and years. She is very talented.
Fat Freddy's Cat
July 18, 2018 @ 11:24 am
I’d love to see The Defibulators live again. I saw them in 2013 at The Purple Fiddle in Thomas, WV and they were awesome.
July 18, 2018 @ 11:30 am
Great article. Had the pleasure of seeing Zephaniah in concert a few weeks ago at our new honkey tonk bar in Indianapolis after listing to his album nonstop over the past year after reading about it on this website (thanks Trig!). Amazing show – his band was just incredible. Zeph also hung around at the merch table afterwords, signing autographs and talking to fans. Seems like a genuinely great guy. Heading out to Brooklyn at the beginning of August for work and definitely planning on making a pilgrimage to the Skinny Dennis. Thanks again Trig for all the great musical introductions.
July 20, 2018 @ 6:14 am
That would be Duke’s Indy?
I hope that grows into a top notch venue. I’ve heard the food is good. Seems like the music’s on the money. People need to get out and support any good country venue.
Our band will be there August 10th, I believe it is!
July 20, 2018 @ 8:09 am
Yes Dukes. We see quite a bit of live music all over Indy and this is my favorite venue. We’ve been a couple times and have tickets to a couple of upcoming shows (Joshua Hedley and Jaime Wyatt). Definitely trying to support them. They do lunch and then fried chicken after 5 (which is fantastic). Will have to check you guys out on the 10th!
July 18, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Sorry to divert this from NYC, but I live in DC and just want to note that the Hill Country venue here has been steadily one of the best places for live shows in the area over the last few years. They have great concerts for a decent price and they have a bunch of Shiner Bock. Have gotten to see Billy Joe Shaver, Caleb Caudle, Adam Carroll, Ray Wylie, and a bunch of great up and coming acts doing regional and national tours out of old vans. Big fan of their booking and its usually great crowds who want to see the artist instead of just talk over the music.
July 18, 2018 @ 12:43 pm
Yes, the Hill Country venues have really helped open up the Northeast to many mid-level country music touring acts who for years struggled to find appropriate places to play. I can’t tell you how many times I see that name when compiling and posting tour dates.
July 19, 2018 @ 5:29 am
I’ve only been there twice (Sturgill (!) and Possessed by Paul James), but I agree it’s a great venue. I check their schedule every once in a while and they do have great people playing there on a regular basis If I actually lived in DC instead of the outside the beltway suburbs, I’d go there a lot more.
As to you last point, when I saw Sturgill, he commented on the attentiveness of the crowd and compared it favorably to the audience at his recent show in NYC, which was at the Hill Country in Manhattan. A lot of chatting and not paying attention to the music, I guess.
July 18, 2018 @ 12:11 pm
Great article Trigger. I’ve spent a lot of time in New York City and everything you say is spot on. I’m glad you gave a shout out to Jim Campilongo who is a very creative musician and monster tele player. He is very well respected and I believe looked upon as a mentor of sorts from many of the musicians.
Skinny Dennis is a nice little Honky Tonk with live music seven days a week.
I must say that I don’t agree with some of the parochialism that readers here sometimes espouse. It’s like if you are not from Texas or rural Georgia and don’t sing like Gomer Pyle on steroids than you are not authentic. I grew up in a blue collar “suburban” working class neighborhood. Didn’t shoot guns or skin rabbits or drive a pickup or any of that, but always listened to and played Country Music. It was very popular in my neighborhood especially with those who moved there from industrial towns like Albany, Schenectady, Trenton, etc. We always felt more a connection with the working class aspect of the music (Merle Haggard, Bobby Bare, etc) but loved the “Country” aspect also. It’s not just for people from the Country.
As far a New York goes, it’s as rough and hard working as any place I know. I think you’ll see that reflected in the music that comes out of there. Most of the musicians there were not born and raised there. They came to make a living, and it ain’t always that easy.
And yes, there are a lot of hipsters in Brooklyn and some in Skinny Dennis also. But there are also a lot of hard core country fans there also that are not faking anything.
July 18, 2018 @ 12:12 pm
All those guys associated with the OHora record are great.
Luca Benedetti plays superb old-school tele, Roy Williams nails honky tonk piano and plays excellent Django style guitar, Dave Speranza plays great upright bass, Nick Anderson can play any drum style, the list goes on and on. Johnny Lam is a helluva lap steel player. These guys are deep divers into the music. The production on This Highway is also fantastic. Analog equipment, great ears on the engineering team. Lord Honky will come along to wave them all off with his sagebrush-scented handkerchief as inauthentic hipsters, but who else is curating this kind of music as effectively besides Marty?
I say let the Brooklyn pony run. Thanks Trig for the article. New names to explore. Now if there were just a place out west that did the same. Do you know the SoCal scene? Sam Outlaw has a group of people out there doing good things as well.
July 18, 2018 @ 12:31 pm
At least for a while, I know Yarn called Brooklyn home.
July 18, 2018 @ 12:33 pm
That’s not the Brooklyn Bridge. I believe that’s the Manhattan Bridge.
July 18, 2018 @ 12:52 pm
I believe that was the Manhattan Bridge, looking at it from the perspective of Brooklyn. I got it rectified. Trying to find images of public places not covered by copyright can be very daunting.
July 19, 2018 @ 9:45 pm
cropped wiki pic lol
Hurtin For Real
July 18, 2018 @ 12:35 pm
The Sweetback Sisters have been putting out fine records for years.
July 18, 2018 @ 12:51 pm
Nothing destroys a good thing like hipsters and their irony. Country music is considered alternative to these people.
July 18, 2018 @ 1:12 pm
Are you implying that everyone in NYC who goes to Skinny Dennis and loves country music is doing it ironically and doesn’t actually enjoy it?
July 18, 2018 @ 6:22 pm
Of course, Black Boots. Everyone knows that if you didn’t grow up in the rural south, there’s no way you could have a genuine appreciation for country music.
July 18, 2018 @ 7:16 pm
And everyone also knows if you’re not from there, you can’t pat yourself on the back repeatedly for being the real deal like several people here do.
Oh and we get it, these genuine, authentic posters are better than hipsters. So let’s congratulate them on that hard earned achievement.
….And now that we’ve given due praise and established how authentic or not we all are, maybe we can focus on the music.
July 18, 2018 @ 7:20 pm
Go drink a PBR, Scott.
July 18, 2018 @ 7:28 pm
And the hits keep coming Mike… keep it up. Your tenacity in the crusade against hipsters is something to be proud of. I meant it. Congratulations, again.
July 18, 2018 @ 7:37 pm
Seriously, Scott. Thirty years ago you would have been telling us how cool The Cure is. You guys should go fuck with rap.
July 18, 2018 @ 8:14 pm
Mike, the assumptions you’ve made about me are completely wrong. But if thinking that I fit the stereotype of what you make fun of makes you feel more like a man and what not, go ahead. I just think it’s funny that you feel the need to repeatedly make fun of hipsters, with the most uncreative jokes possible. I’m probably not going to reply to your next line of heroism, but I might laugh. So, again, please keep it coming. Tell me again to go do some hipster thing. Make yourself feel superior by not being a hipster. Do it. Really.
July 19, 2018 @ 10:47 am
Scotty, if you didn’t get your panties wadded up every time its pointed out that you hipsters are just as bad as FGL, we wouldn’t assume you are a limp- wristed beard looking to replace testosterone with an identity that doesn’t fit you. Face it. You should be playing adult contemporary in your Grand Caravan.
July 18, 2018 @ 7:06 pm
Like I said before. Only hipsters wear black boots , except for weddings and funerals. She’s been readin’ about Nashville and all the records that everybody’s buying
Says, I’m a simple girl myself, grew up on Long Island.
July 18, 2018 @ 7:09 pm
July 18, 2018 @ 7:19 pm
Are you 70 years old?
July 18, 2018 @ 8:56 pm
I didn’t know you were in the habit of quoting hipsters, Mike. https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjcosGfoqrcAhVBiFQKHYeYCfQQjRx6BAgBEAU&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.last.fm%2Fmusic%2FAlan%2BJackson%2F_%2FMidnight%2BIn%2BMontgomery&psig=AOvVaw0gI2S86PFWPhD9FAG6Tq0W&ust=1532058580861109
July 18, 2018 @ 8:58 pm
Oops, wrong link. https://lastfm-img2.akamaized.net/i/u/300×300/941dcbe46c1e4cebcca0dee2a9c6ca7c.jpg
July 19, 2018 @ 5:34 am
And these are the best days
These are the best days
Y’all put your money away
I’ve got the round
Here’s to all you strangers
The Mets and the Rangers
Long may we thrive on the Long Island Sound
July 18, 2018 @ 1:05 pm
google Diesel Only Records
July 18, 2018 @ 1:05 pm
Might hit up Skinny Dennis tonight for Chris Shiftlet’s band’s show.
July 18, 2018 @ 1:14 pm
You cram 8 1/2 million people into one city there’s bound to be folks who want to hear some real country music
July 19, 2018 @ 5:21 am
About 20 million counting the suburbs.
July 18, 2018 @ 1:16 pm
I know im gonna get
July 18, 2018 @ 1:25 pm
I know im gonna get some backlash from the authenticity police, but an artist by the name of Rench and his band Gangstagrass are unbelievable. Yes it is authentic bluegrass but with rap and a hip hop beat. I know alot of people will be turned off immediately and i understand, its not for everyone. This band of musicians are legit though and actually make it work. Ive seen them live and they are the real deal. You may know them from the show Justified, they did the theme song.
July 18, 2018 @ 4:29 pm
On this lonely road, trying to make it home…..
July 18, 2018 @ 5:37 pm
Lol, you got it. Miss that show!
July 19, 2018 @ 6:32 am
Whether or not one appreciates hip hop, gotta say this particular project is an interesting hybrid. I hadn’t heard of them. Just read an interview where he was highlighting – and this often gets overlooked – the commonalities of both genres as essentially working class forms. What I appreciate about this is that it’s patently non-pop, in the homogenized, cookie-cutter sense.
July 18, 2018 @ 1:32 pm
Great article. I lived in NYC for twenty years and I honestly think it contributed to my love of roots and country, along with growing up in Missouri of course. I felt like the clubs and venues were dedicated to being Americana acts to the NYC area, much more so than other cities. That’s where I discovered Laura Cantrell who used to live a few blocks from me. Hill Country is such a great venue. Also, she’s more in Woodstock but Amy Helm is one of my absolute favorites I discovered when attending Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles. She is tremendous.
July 19, 2018 @ 10:14 am
Big NYC loss was Rodeo Bar. Saw Whitey Morgan there about five years ago. Sadly closed down.
July 18, 2018 @ 2:14 pm
I know he’s not a Brooklyn native, but Wayne Hancock is actually putting on a show in Brooklyn on September 2 at The Knitting Factory. That ought to say something about the state of country music in Brooklyn.
July 18, 2018 @ 2:43 pm
Putting on a show, like a mini fest and he’s the curator or do you just mean he’s playing at Knitting Factory with his band?
July 18, 2018 @ 2:47 pm
He’s playing at Knitting Factory with his band.
July 18, 2018 @ 3:46 pm
On a package show in Buffalo
With us and Kitty Wells and Charlie Pride
The show was long and we’re just sitting there
And we’d come to play and not just for the ride
Well, we drank a lot of whiskey
So I don’t know if we went on that night at all
But I don’t think they even missed us
I guess Buffalo ain’t geared for me and Paul
King Honky Of Crackershire
July 18, 2018 @ 4:15 pm
Wow! People from Brooklyn who sing Country Music. How ironic.
I wonder if they eat purple hull peas too.
July 18, 2018 @ 7:37 pm
Not that it should matter, but there are people in NYC from all over the world, including the South and Midwest.
July 18, 2018 @ 4:22 pm
Thanks, great article.
I just looked this up, country music in NYC goes way back
“As the son of a Confederate veteran, Eck Robertson was able to attend the annual Old Confederate Soldiers’ Reunions across the South, and became a regular performer at these events. He met 74-year-old fiddler Henry C. Gilliland at one of these reunions, and the two began performing together. After the Richmond, Virginia reunion in June 1922, Gilliland and Robertson traveled to New York City, auditioned for and received a recording contract with the Victor Talking Machine Company. On Friday, June 30, 1922, Robertson and Gilliland recorded four fiddle duets for Victor. These probably represent the first commercial recordings of country music performers.”
I watched in amazement as a million or so people got together to watch Garth Brooks perform in New York City. I think Garth was amazed too.
“Garth: Live from Central Park is a concert held by American country pop musician Garth Brooks in New York City’s Central Park on August 7, 1997. Dubbed “Garthstock” (paying homage to Woodstock), the concert was free of charge and became the largest concert ever held in the park, with an estimated 980,000 fans in attendance.”
so yeah there are some country fans in NYC.
July 18, 2018 @ 7:25 pm
A lot of people don’t know that Townes was the first artist signed to Poppy Records, a New York based record company headed up by Kevin Eggers.
July 18, 2018 @ 7:56 pm
Campilongo has mad tele skills…
July 18, 2018 @ 8:08 pm
programing Cliff Westfall tonight.
July 19, 2018 @ 1:17 am
Over the years, going back to the ’90s, country acts that I’ve personally seen live in NYC include The Highwaymen, and all 4 members–Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon and Kristofferson–individually; Cash with Mark Collie; Haggard with Dale Watson; Waylon with Jessi; George Jones with Kristofferson; Billy Joe Shaver; Dwight Yoakam; Rodney Crowell with Carlene Carter; Don Walser (for free at Lincoln Center outdoors); Robert Earl Keen; The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash; Chris Knight; Wayne The Train Hancock (in Brooklyn); Lee Ann Womack (in Brooklyn); Steve Earle; Rosanne Cash; Toby Keith (at the World Trade Center Plaza, long before 9/11; oh, and Reba McEntire, starring on Broadway, in “Annie Get Your Gun.”
July 19, 2018 @ 2:49 am
There are lots of passionate true country music fans here in Europe so how couldn’t be some in NYC? Country Music is a culture and a Language so even if it was born in a specific region it can potentially speak to people from all over the world. One comparison could be hip hop, undoubtely born in the U.S. but now wide spread and rappresented everywhere..
July 19, 2018 @ 5:27 am
Didn’t see The National Reserve mentioned, but I believe they are from Brooklyn as well. Their new one is more Americana than traditional country, but is excellent nonetheless.
July 19, 2018 @ 5:44 am
Country Music in New York City is nothing new. Check out Diesel Only records from the early 90’s. Great stuff.
July 19, 2018 @ 10:56 am
Roseanne Cash has lived across the river, in Chelsea, for more than two decades.
Karen & the Sorrows
July 20, 2018 @ 10:15 am
Thanks for the mention! And just wanted to share a little more history since it always feels important to me to say thank you to the people who have paved the way for all of us making country music here. Especially since the history of music scenes is the kind of thing that gets lost so easily! Of course there’s been every kind of music in nyc since the beginning, but the roots of the current Brooklyn country scene go back to at least around 2004 when Alex Battles started the CasHank Hootenanny Jamboree and the first Brooklyn Country Music Festival, and around the same time Kamara Thomas started the Honky Tonk Happy Hour at the Living Room. (Her band the Ghost Gamblers and her later cosmic country solo work is one of my favorites, so if you’ve never listened to her, you should check her out!) Uncle Leon and the Alibis launched the website brooklyncountry.com around then too, which helped bring people together and was later built into an amazing resource and podcast that sadly doesn’t exist anymore. At the same time, Jan Bell was cultivating a country scene in Dumbo at places like Superfine and 68 Jay. And later, in 2015, she started the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival. (Her band Jan Bell and the Maybelles is another of my Brooklyn Country favorites—check them out too!) Geoff and Lynette Wiley opened Jalopy in Red Hook in 2006 with a focus on traditional roots music and it continues to be a haven for country music lovers. Then musicians like JD Duarte picked up the torch, starting the Brooklyn County Fair in 2008 and putting on big shows for about 8 years that gave Brooklyn country bands a place to shine. I was inspired by all these amazing musicians’ work and more to start putting on shows for queer country musicians in 2010 with a regular series at Branded Saloon that I still run. And all this (and I’m sure lots more that I don’t even know about) helped make it possible for Skinny Dennis to open in 2013!
July 20, 2018 @ 11:14 am
Thanks for the insight Karen.
July 21, 2018 @ 3:46 am
I am so glad you mentioned The Wiyos. They were a bit ahead of their time with being behind their time with what they were doing. They were a GREAT live band. They made you understand that the music WAS a new form at one time and you felt all the excitement of that. They wiped the nostolgia out of your ears to bring you back to the surprise built into the music.
July 21, 2018 @ 7:17 am
Yes, I feel like if they Wiyos had come along two years later when Mumford & Sons and The Lumineers were all the rage, they would have been swept up in that whole thing. They were one of the prototypes and pioneers in that realm.
July 27, 2018 @ 12:56 pm
The lone bellow should be on here, while none are Brooklyn natives, the band formed/was started in brooklyn and they make great roots music, I’ve seen them live several times and they continuously blow me away
March 15, 2019 @ 10:33 am
This is a great writeup! Looks like they’re a doin it again this year – http://brooklyncountrycantina.com …. can’t wait!
Real Country Boy
December 24, 2020 @ 10:49 am
To be a Country Music Singer, you have to be from the country. It’s a way of life. Not just what you’ve heard of. You can’t possibly sing about something you don’t know about. This entire article is ridiculous. Lol Lol Lol 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂