The Wiyos have been rolling for over a decade. They were one of the first "old-timey" bands to emerge on the national scene in the first wave of acoustic bands riding the renewed popularity of early swing jazz, rural folk, old-time blues and Appalachian music. Their relentless touring in the US and Europe, and numerous critically acclaimed albums and EPs landed them a full 28-day summer tour as openers of the 2009 Bob Dylan Show. The Wiyos were also featured in the BBC television documentary, "Folk America Hollerers, Stompers and Old-Time Ramblers". In 2010 they were featured in the BBC television special "No Sleep 'Til Yell".
In 2012, The Wiyos released their fan-funded concept album, Twist, a 14-track eclectic musical collage loosely based on The Wizard Of Oz. Twist is undoubtedly The Wiyos' strongest and boldest work to date. Of course, The Wiyos are mostly known for their amalgamation of "old timey" sounds, but on Twist the band lets their late 20th Century upbringings creep in with their vintage sensibility. Scotland's The Herald reviewed one of the 2012 release shows of Twist in Glasgow and called it [everything from] "junkyard blues to Cuban neighborhood via surf song harmonies and backwoods Appalachia... a fascinating travelogue" Other reviewers write of Twist:
"Revelatory original songs" -Chicago Tribune
"A surreal Americana opusBig Pink meets Pink Floyd." -Chronogram Magazine
"Sounds a bit Lennon/McCartney, circa the Summer of Love" -AmericanaUK
"Wonderful, weird and at times scary - it's well worth checking out!" - Bruce MacGregor, BBC Radio
In 2013 The Wiyos (Michael Farkas, Teddy Weber and Sauerkraut Seth Travins) return to their roots, leaving some of the electricity of the Twist tours in the studio and reintroducing Michaels legendary washboard. The Woodstock Times writes "the fact that it is getting harder to pigeonhole their style(s) is perhaps the best indicator of their growth." They have been continually unveiling new material and re-interpreting their own 6-album catalogue. In 2013 The Wiyos are booked for select shows in the US (including a family concert at Carnegie Hall), a UK tour and there's even rumors of another album in the making. Stay tuned.
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