The Band of Desperate Men cover the waterfront from Country, old-school Rock ‘n’ Roll, Bluegrass, and Blues with pure and simple harmony blended over originals and vintage classics. In the Wheelhouse are an Americana / Bluegrass band from Decatur with an eclectic repertoire of tight 3-part harmonies with fiddle, banjo, dobro, mandolin, and more.
$5 Adv – $8 Door
Doors @ 6 PM (pre-show open jam)
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Britt Dean, Doc Oster, and Clay Spurz are The Band of Desperate Men: pure and simple harmony blended over Clay’s originals and vintage classics. They cover the waterfront from Country, old-school Rock ‘n’ Roll, Bluegrass, and Blues to the only Chinese Doo-wop song in captivity. Then they throw in the Louvin Brothers, Wilson Pickett, The Marcels and Ink Spots, CS&N, Beatles, and other standards—all in their seamless trio sound. Buddy Miller, who worked with Britt and Clay back in the early days before becoming a Nashville artist and leader of Emmy Lou Harris’s band, recorded a number of Clay Spurz tunes. His version of Clay’s “Garage Sale” has been rereleased in a compilation on American Music, the High Tone Records Story, and James “the Bluegrass Storyteller” King brought out a bluegrass version of the song on Rounder Records.
In the Wheelhouse began in 2010 when Tomas Valenti needed an impromptu stringband for a square dance and asked fiddler Tara Vogt and banjo player Walter Harris to help out. They discovered a shared love of music that went beyond traditional fiddle tunes and and they've been playing together ever since. Today their repertoire includes an eclectic blend of traditional and popular tunes from a broad range of styles; old country gospel and blues to the Beatles with a dash of bluegrass. Guitarist-singer Sarah Wishon joined the group later, adding a velvety quality to their three-part harmonies. Sometimes appearing as a trio, other times as a quartet, In the Wheelhouse entertains audiences with their tight harmonies, unique arrangements, stale banjo jokes, and upbeat fiddle tunes, swapping out lead vocals as well as instruments along the way.