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Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams bring the Honky Tonk to Nevada City

Halden Wofford and the Hi *Beams play the Stonehouse Friday.
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WHO: Halden Wofford & The Hi*Beams

WHERE: Stonehouse, Nevada City

WHEN: 9 p.m.-midnight, Friday, Aug. 7

TICKETS: $10 at the door

Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams ride out from the cutting edge cowtown of Denver, Colo. to appear at the Stonehouse in Nevada City Friday.

Rootsy and real, neither revivalist nor retro, the Hi*Beams’ brand of country music is as boundless and electrifying as America itself.

“These guys tear it up … from the sweetest twang to hard edged rock’n twang … I have loved them since the first CD … but seeing them live took it over an edge and I hope you will not miss the opportunity to catch my enthusiasm!” said KVMR radio host of “Good Stuff” Kim Rogers.

The show is set for 9 p.m.-midnight Friday, Aug. 7, at the Stonehouse, 107 Sacramento St.,

Equal parts Hank Williams and Johnny Depp, front man Halden Wofford pours forth a potent mix of rocked-up honky tonk, western swing, Dylanesque originals and spaghetti western epics. There is no creative limit to the songwriter, illustrator, author, storyteller and singer. But Halden has met his match in the Hi*Beams. Each outrageous tale he spins is met by the whine and wail of the steel guitar, the furious double-neck electric guitar and mandolin, and the relentless thump of the upright bass and drums.

From Red Rocks to rodeos, the Fillmore Auditorium to the back of a flatbed truck, Prairie Home Companion to performing arts centers, Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams deliver an unforgettable and original night of American music, always high-energy, danceable and entertaining.

In addition to Wofford’s acoustic guitar and lead vocals, the Hi*Beams are Greg Schochet (electric guitar, mandolin, vocals), Bret Billings (steel guitar, vocals), Ben O’Connor (electric and upright bass, vocals) and Damon Smith (drums, vocals).

“Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams’ throwback and stylish take on the honky tonk genre is a breath of fresh air amidst other wannabe retro acts,” reads a review by Marquee Magazine in Boulder, Colo. “With some of the choicest players on the Front Range and a professionalism that is bar-none, the Hi*Beams landed themselves on the famed NPR show “A Prairie Home Companion” in recent years and Wofford’s distinct vocals continue to garner the band well-earned attention.”

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