Bluegrass band Wood & Wire premiere the music video for the new track “Just Don’t Make ’Em” exclusively with C&I.

Austin-based bluegrass band Wood & Wire are on the cusp of releasing a new album, North of Despair, out April 13 on Blue Corn Music. The album pays tribute to the hardworking people of the great state of Texas.

Meet the band: Songwriter, singer, guitarist Tony Kamel, bassist Dom Fisher, mandolinist Billy Bright, and banjo player Trevor Smith. Together, they take traditional Americana bluegrass music to a new level with foot-tapping beats and nostalgic lyrics.

About the track: Their lively nature is on display in the music video for the new single “Just Don’t Make ’Em,’” a fast-passed track that reminisces about Kamel’s lineage of farmers and builders, enriched by Kamel’s twangy vocals and Smith’s vibrant banjo.

The band says: “This tune is about my grandfather and his friends, and a piece of family property in Llano, Texas, that my father, brothers, and I learned to maintain and work on,” says Kamel. “The stubborn old men of that generation literally built their own houses and expected younger men to work harder than they did. Just up the road lived Fred Ramsdell from Pennsylvania. He had an old rebel flag framed in his study that was allegedly taken by one of his relatives off of a Confederate soldier. My grandfather lamented the downfall of face-to-face communication and people’s lack of patience toward the end of his life. He passed in 2012, and my father passed in 2014. The family owns, maintains, and gets together at the property to this day. I did much of the writing for this record out there.”

About the video: Shot in Austin’s graffiti park and elsewhere around town, the video for “Just Don’t Make ’Em” captures Wood & Wire’s electric live performance and untamed talent. Watch it below.


For more information on Wood & Wire and their upcoming tour dates, visit their website.

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