After a freak-of-nature thunder storm, Minneapolis suffered its way into a dusky Friday night. The hipsters were not deterred by the weather, as Cedar Avenue was scattered with people looking to pick up and go somewhere to dry off. Triple Rock Social Club was no exception; The Wooden Sky was playing in part with a collaboration of other performers: Austin Lucas, Bear Country and Paladin Road.
This succulent taste of music is a brand new style of folk-rock. It is every bit as refreshing to someone who is into either genre, and after many let-downs, artistry is certainly a welcome change. The Wooden Sky is bringing new meaning to revitalization.
It is not as surprising as you might think; the boys in The Wooden Sky are an extremely talented bunch of musicians. I mean,- as much flack as Canada gets here in the United States, it did give us Leonard Cohen and Neil Young, lest not forget Rush!?
The Wooden Sky does not lack any of the ingredients a folk-rock band needs: chemistry; a copious amount of soul; and well tuned, properly played instruments.
I know that it would seem after only two full-length albums, and just a couple of tours under their belts; they must not have had much experience. However, it appears that just the opposite is true from listening to them. You'd think by their sound that these guys have been touring the globe for ages.
Their first album When Lost at Sea was released in 2007, and their most recent but certainly not last, If I Don’t Come Home, You’ll Know I’m Gone (2009) are two albums that should not go unnoticed. Gavin Gardiner, The Wooden Sky’s captain and lead singer, has the voice of a lumber jack in a field of wild flowers; his enunciation of each lyric brings his talent to light. The band is in sync and very complimenting of each other’s individual energy as well.