To get ready for Hamilton’s Whimmydiddle Country Music Festival, we caught up with The Steel Woods founding members Jason “Rowdy” Cope (guitarist) and Wes Bayliss (singer and guitarist) phone from Nashville, the country rocker’s home base. The band plays at 8 p.m. June 24.
Q: Can you start by telling me what The Steel Woods have been working on, and how it’s been going with your debut album?
Cope: "We released our new album on May 19, and we played an album release show. We're a basic, real-deal Southern rock country band, and that's what the people can expect if they want to come see us."
Q: It seems like with the buzz I’m hearing, things are quickly taking off for the band. What has it been like from your perspective?
Bayliss: "A bunch of different people like a bunch of different parts of our album. We pride ourselves in having a well-versed record. There's something everybody can like. I would say the main thing is our sound. I feel like we have a pretty original sound, and especially with the lyrics. It's not often that you have a band that sounds as hard as we do, and also has lyrics like we do."
Q: How do you describe your sound?
Bayliss: "We've tried to describe it a bunch of different ways. I think somebody else said this, but if I would have to choose, my favorite description is 'Americana's rock band.'"
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How to go
What: IBEW Local 648 presents Whimmydiddle Country Music Festival
When: 6:30-11 p.m. Friday, June 23, and 5-11 p.m. Saturday, June 24
Where: RiversEdge Amphitheater, 116 Dayton St., downtown Hamilton
Admission: Free. (If available, VIP tickets are $25, daily. VIP tickets include three beverage vouchers; a food voucher for on-site food vendors and access to the VIP deck and VIP seating area. There’s also a VIP only bar in the VIP area. A limited number of VIP tickets are available.)
More info: www.RiversEdgeLive.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HamiltonRiversEdge
Whimmydiddle Country Music Festival lineup:
Friday, June 23
6:30 p.m.: The Easy Leaves
7:30: 90 Proof Twang Acoustic
8: Mike & The Moonpies
9:30: Pokey LaFarge
Saturday, June 24
5 p.m.: The Skallywags
6:30: Ward Davis
8: The Steel Woods
9:30: 90 Proof Twang