Seattle based band Woodland West blend Americana, Bluegrass and more on their debut album, Devil to Pay, which was released on August 19th. The five-piece - Chuck Dunklin [electric and acoustic tenor guitar], Amir Reoven [percussion, vocals], Dan Rogers [bass, vocals], Stephanie Ward [vocals, acoustic guitar, violin], and Luke Yanz [vocals, mandolin, keyboards] - trade vocals and riffs on an album that is eclectic, yet entirely cohesive.
Beginning with “Mother Mountain,” Woodland West transports you to a place of clean air, greenery and scenic mountaintops with Ward’s sweet and airy vocals perfectly complimented by Yanz’s skillfully played mandolin. Led by Yanz's soulful vocals, “Rosalie” is an out-and-out infectious, bluesy, psychedelic jam; while the travelling percussive beat of “Late at Night” accompanies the tale of being separated from one you love, and the glorious instrumental “Caribbean Kiss” embraces an island flavor.
The album is rounded out by the (at times) gothic feel of the rollicking “Desert Rose,” the heavyhearted title track, and the absolutely beautiful story of two lovers in “A Little Bit Wild.”
While the songs on Devil to Pay all clock in over four minutes (and sometimes extend to ten), you’ll never find yourself wondering “when will this be over.” Carried along by heavenly harmonies, thoughtful lyrics, buoyant melodies and accomplished instrumentation, Woodland West’s Devil to Pay just might be your new favorite music discovery.