The Way Down Wanderers are headed 333′ underground with Flatt Lonesome this October 15, 2016. Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity. Playing, performing and writing together for just 2 years, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following. Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show and have created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for performing self-titled, “restSTOMPS” – free acoustic sets at rest & truck stops along their tour routes. The band’s debut, self-titled album, produced by Mike Marsh of the Avett Brothers and recorded at Sonic Ranch in El Paso TX, is now available wherever music is sold.
The Bluegrass Underground motto is “a little bluegrass, a little underground” but all good, this show is going to epitomize the motto and more! We sat down with the Way Down Wanderers to chat pre-show:
BGU: How did the band form? Has the band always been driven to be an acoustic act?
WDW: Co founders Austin Thompson and Collin Krause met in their hometown of Peoria, IL when they joined the same folk band and embarked on their first tour at ages of 14 and 18. The Way Down Wanderers began in 2013. John Williams, John Merikoski, and Travis Kowalsky were soon to join. We’ve always been attracted to acoustic music, but lately we’ve enjoyed incorporating a few electric instruments.
BGU: What are the bands favorite foods and things to do while traveling on the road?
WDW: Half of us love Burgers. The other half loves veggie burgers. We always love busking,hiking, or playing restomps. Which are free acoustic shows we do at rest stops all over the states.
BGU: Who are some of the bands favorite bands/artists to listen to while traveling? Favorite classic albums that get spin time on the road?
WDW: Sturgill Simpson (Metamodern Sounds in Country Music is definitely the album that gets the most spins in the bus), Jason Isbell, Band of Horses, The Tallest Man On Earth, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, Bob Dylan, Infamous Stringdusters, Joshua Powell and the Great Train Robbery, and many more!
BGU: As a musician, what are some tips you’d give yourself when you were first learning if you could back in time?
WDW: Don’t set unreasonable expectations for yourself; if you love music, you expose yourself to the best stuff out there. But then you sit down to play, or write something and expect it to be at a really high level. Those expectations and progress and creativity killers. People have to realize how many thousands of hours somebody like Bob Dylan put into his song-writing process. You’re going to play badly and write a lot of crappy tunes before your going to reach a level you’re happy with.
BGU: Who are the bands top five musical influences if you had to choose today?
WDW: Nickel Creek, The Band, The Indigo Girls, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros & Old Crow Medicine Show
BGU: Where would you like to you see the band musically in 10 years?
WDW: Within the next 10 years we want to keep challenging ourselves to develop more textures, grooves, and poetry within our songwriting.
BGU: Have you ever performed in a cave? Does anyone in the band have any thoughts or fears about going into a cave to play music?
WDW: It will be our first time playing music in a cave. Fortunately we have no fears, just overall excitement! We can’t wait to listen to Flatt Lonesome.
BGU: Can you tell us about your new album? What are you most proud of on this project?
WDW: We released our self-titled debut album in July, 2016. We recorded the album in a studio on a pecan farm just south of El Paso, TX. Mike Marsh of the Avett Brothers produced this project. We are most proud of the amount of growth we’ve experienced.
BGU: You’re on a desert island with 1 album: John Coltrane or Bill Monroe?
WDW: Bill Monroe
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