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Take 10: Monument's WireWood Station brings blend of Americana, country and bluegrass music

December 28, 2017 Updated: December 29, 2017 at 12:11 pm
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WireWood Station band members: Michelle Edwards plays fiddle and vocal, Casey Cherry, lead vocal, guitar and foot percussion, Bob Bowker plays bass and Sam Wachtler is vocal and lead guitar.

On the Friday of New Year's weekend, you may have a desire to wind down the year with a "harmonious brew of harmonies and hard-driving instrumentals." That's WireWood Station's musical mantra and the Monument-based Americana band is the final performer of 2017 on the live Take 10 show on the Gazette News Facebook platform Friday, Dec. 29, during the noon hour.

It's hard not to have grin from ear to ear when you hear WireWood Station perform, as I did during the "Best of the Springs" party this year. WireWood Station has taken the best local band honors in both 2016 and 2017.

Michelle Edwards, who plays the fiddle and sings in the band, says "I want your audience to walk away a little happier. I want the music to be an escape for them."

I spoke with Edwards about Wirewood Station, a group that has been together for seven years. Casey Cherry is lead vocal, plays guitar and foot percussion. Bob Bowker plays bass and Sam Wachtler is lead guitar and also sings.

WireWood Station's backstory has a religious component, says Edwards, "We were on a worship team at what was then Tri-Lakes Chapel. In between services, we started jamming. We said to each other, this is kind of a fun sound and decided to tackle bluegrass and Americana music."

A memorable moment for this group was opening up for legendary singer Charlie Daniels. As Edwards puts it, "Coming from a fiddler perspective, he's been one of my heroes and to open for him was spectacular."

Each member of WireWood Station has a distinct musical background. Edwards has extensive classical music training, Bowker has jazz roots, Wachtler contributes a bluegrass infusion and Cherry is a rocker.

This is a busy group on the Colorado music scene. Watch and listen to them on our Friday live Take 10.

The Gazette is proud to support southern Colorado music and our live Take 10 performances are proof of that. If you are a musician, magician, poet, playwright or do something to wow a crowd, I want to hear from you. Email me at eric.singer@gazette.com.

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