Man About A Horse, The Wooks - 12/4/18Tuesday, December 04 2018 6:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Start
Man About A Horse, The Wooks - 12/4/18
at City Winery Washington DC
$12 In Advance and $15 At the Door.
“‘High energy’ is an understatement.” — Michael K. Brantley, Bluegrass Unlimited
“I do not make predictions, but you will totally dig Man About a Horse.” — Steve Martin, Unreal Bluegrass
Man About a Horse combines strong ties to the bluegrass tradition with a progressive streak that informs their original songwriting and unorthodox song selections. Their music reflects the wide range of influences on this Philadelphia-based band, from blues and rock to classical and pop, all blended together by a traditional bluegrass lineup.
Man About a Horse’s first full-length album debuted at #11 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart in 2017, earning praise from Bluegrass Unlimited, British Bluegrass News, and others. The band notched its first position on the Bluegrass Today radio chart in 2018. They’ve performed at festivals and in venues around the U.S., sharing the stage with Old Crow Medicine Show, Cabinet, Danny Barnes, Hot Buttered Rum, Wood & Wire, Donna the Buffalo, and many more. In August 2018, Man About a Horse was nominated for a Band Momentum Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).
A chance meeting and discovery of a shared love of bluegrass by co-founders Matt Thomas (bass) and Matt “Roy” Royles (guitar and vocals) led to the formation of the band in 2014. In addition to Thomas and Royles, Man About a Horse is: Dan Whitener (banjo) and Matthew Hiller (mandolin).
Capturing a moment, and a place — its past, people, and terrain within a song, The Wooks harness the rich musical and storytelling traditions of Kentucky into a new, old sound that embraces both string-music heritage and rock ‘n roll, jam, and singer-songwriter influences. Since 2014, the band, CJ Cain (lead guitar, vocals), Harry Clark (mandolin, vocals), Arthur Hancock (lead vocals, guitar), and Roddy Puckett (bass, vocals) have delivered a raw, boot stomping, sing-along to every song, good-time bluegrass show, “...with improv-savvy interplay that endears the band to jam music fans and bluegrass traditionalists alike,” according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
Since their inception in late 2014 The Wooks have won the 2016 RockyGrass Band Competition, placed in the finals for the 2017 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, were a 2017 IBMA Momentum Award Nominee, and were selected a 2018 IBMA Official Showcase Artist. Their first record, Little Circles, recorded at Compass Studios and produced by Alison Brown, was #5 for the year on the Roots Music Report Progressive Bluegrass chart, and debuted at #6 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart.