"With great harmonies, clever songs & tasty guitar pickin', Plywood Cowboy is one of the best new bands on the Americana scene."
- Chris Bergson, NY Blues Hall of Fame Inductee
Formed in 2015 in the Connecticut River Valley, Plywood Cowboy is poised to rewrite the American Songbook. "With great harmonies, clever songs & tasty guitar pickin', Plywood Cowboy is one of the best new bands on the Americana scene." (Chris Bergson, NY Blues Hall of Fame Inductee). Their heart-born songs interweave the rich heritage of earthen, country roots and the sentimental poignancy of singer-songwriter traditions. Bottle-fed on roots music, multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter Steve Dedman and his band strike deep at the soul of American music with songs about hound dogs, heart strings, and the vice of the bottle.
Plywood Cowboy’s 2016 debut EP, Channel 33, was produced by Grammy-nominated artist Ira Sakolsky at Riverway Studios. The album has been called "a gorgeously assured collection of songs” (The Shoreline Times), “a seriously hooky debut EP” (The Day), and “steeped in tradition, with lyrics full of longing, truth and heart” (Sound Waves Magazine). The character-driven songs paint a story and, with glimmers of hopefulness, plant a smile within. The band’s current lineup features Austin Gray (guitar, vocals), Ed Iarusso (pedal steel), Jason Apostoleris (percussion), Kat Wallace (violin), Shane Tanner (bass), and Steve Dedman (keyboard, guitar, lead vocals).
On the heels of hugely successful release concert at The Kate, the band continues to expand across the state and region and is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after bands from Connecticut. They’ve taken the stage at venues such as The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate), Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center, Black Eyed Sally’s, Performance HUB, Hill-Stead Museum, iCRaVe Music Fest at Ivoryton Playhouse, Monadnock Pumpkin Festival (NH), Mocha Maya’s (MA), The Day’s Live Lunch Break, Middletown Music Festival, Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival, and are slated for the 2017 Meriden Daffodil Festival, Bridge Street Live, Portland Music Festival and a performance alongside Poet Laureate Billy Collins at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. Taking his songs to the road, Dedman has performed at The Falcon Underground (NY), Puckett’s (TN), The Acoustic Coffeehouse (TN), Luthier’s Co-op (MA), and has performed as a finalist at Infinity Hall’s Big Stage Open Mic Competition.
Cowboys of the airwaves, no one in the band owns any cows. Not as of yet, at least. Steve learned to play guitar from his father, David, and family friend John Hanus, who would pick guitars and sing their favorite country songs over their CB radios, and take the time on Sundays to teach Steve how to pick in country-western style. From Kris Kristopherson to Lefty Frizzell, John and David taught a young Steve true American music. Few knew John by his real name, but many knew him by his CB handle, "Plywood Cowboy”, a reference to his day job hauling lumber around the northeast. Though both CB'ers have left the airwaves, it is through the band's music that their influences will forever be heard.
Follow the herd with Plywood Cowboy and listen to their debut album available at www.plywoodcowboy.com/music to enjoy the sounds of “incredible, toe-tapping, quality Americana music” - Ibby Carothers, iCRV Radio.