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The Wilders appear on NPR Saturday

Thursday, June 26, 2008 – The Wilders, the bluegrass-based Kansas City band, will be featured on NPR's "Weekend Morning Edition" with host Scott Simon this coming Saturday June 28. The band will talk about modern murder ballads and their fifth release on Free Dirt Records, "Someone's Got to Pay."

CD reviews for The Wilders

The Wilders CD review - The Wilders
The Wilders have always been best known for their energetic live shows filled with hard driving acoustic traditional country music. Their new self-titled release, "The Wilders," has expanded their repertoire to new, quite enjoyable horizons. The record starts out uniquely with Ordinary People, a mellow opener with a great acoustic guitar that immediately opens the doors and hooks you. The lead vocals of Ike Sheldon drive home the poignant lyrics, accompanied masterfully by Phil Wade on »»»
Someone's Got to Pay CD review - Someone's Got to Pay
Murder ballads have carved the darkest corners of country music storytelling, but thanks to gonzo bluegrassers the Wilders, their full-fledged murder album has taken the quirky genre to a new level. Based on Wilders' multi-instrumentalist Phil Wade's experience as a juror on a 2005 murder trial, this is a riveting, intense 20-song tribunal laced with classic country, introspective ballads, fiery instrumentals and kick-ass bluegrass. More than a concept album, this is a compelling »»»
Throw Down
Known for a foot-stomping, fiddle-shredding live show, this Kansas City quartet delivers quite the good time on its latest. Co-produced by noted Appalachian and Cajun musician Dirk Powell and the band, this is energetic with a capital "E," well-played and focused. Appropriately, ace fiddler Betse Ellis strikes the first strokes on the opening "Hawk's Got a Chicken and Flew in the Woods," which she explains in the liner notes that she learned from a Rounder Records compilation of Ozark fiddling. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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