Wooden Dinosaur celebrates new release “Spaces”
Wooden Dinosaur will be celebrating their new release “Spaces” this second weekend of February.
We’re not afraid to admit Wooden Dinosaur is a Brattleborology favorite, and for good reason. These new songs bring a higher fidelity and elevated dimension to the Wooden Dino’s sonic template. A rich blend of string and horn harmonies enrich these layered, yet plaintively sparse songs that should bring more much-deserved attention to these literate melody makers. The drums sound great, with every grace note punching you in the face, but in a welcomed way.
“Cemetary’s gonna take you in some day,” Roberts sings on Don’t Make It Hard before a beautiful horn and lap guitar swoop you right into yet another authoritative fiddle part by acclaimed fiddler and co-singer/songwriter Katie Trautz. He has been living across the street from a cemetery since he began writing the 11 songs on the album. “It’s a constant reminder of where you’re going to end up one day…it’s helped me find comfort in being honest about life and death.” Check it out below:
Mike Roberts describes the genesis of the album on their tumblr blog. “There is a Bob Wills track,” Roberts writes, [called] “I Ain’t Got Nobody”. It changed my life. I listened to it probably 1,000 times driving around Massachusetts. If you listen close to our album, you’ll realize that the yodel line from “Talkin’ About Death” is very similar to Tommy’s yodel in this track. But basically it was this: country music, with horns. Jazz with banjos. Rock with an upright bass. Our band is just a crappy, contemporary version of the Texas Playboys…It’s not always perfect, but we like to think it is always real.”“This is our hobby, and it is a hobby we take very seriously. It is seriously a lot of fun to be with these people.” – Michael Roberts, primary songwriter of Brattleboro’s Wooden Dinosaur
In WD’s own words, “Spaces” is “an album that a bunch of ordinary people, with ordinary jobs, made during weekends and nights and spaces in between our day jobs and in between our commitments and love for our families and communities. This is our hobby, and it is a hobby we take very seriously. It is seriously a lot of fun to be with these people. Please listen, and please let us know what you think, and please come see us, and please come introduce yourself to us and say hello. ”
Wooden Dinosaur will perform with all six members Friday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. at the Nelson Town Hall. Tickets are $9-$12. Visit www.monadnockfolk.org for more information.
The band will also perform Saturday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. at Headroom Stages, 17 Elliot St., Brattleboro. Tickets are $10. Visit headroomstages.com for more information. Michael Chorney and Dollar General open both shows.