"Somewhere on the spectrum between Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford and Sons"
Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, the five-piece folk-Americana act The Way Down Wanderers draw listeners in with energy, originality, and soulful generosity. Playing, performing and writing together for just two years, this Peoria band was named Chicago's best emerging act in 2014 by Deli magazine and have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following. They come to Michigan with a new album, "illusions," of which they have this to say: "The Way Down Wanderers may sound like some long-forgotten bluegrass band from the Coens’ O Brother Where Art Thou ... but they prove to be much more than that on 'illusions,' which they describe as 'about love, loss and personal evolution.' Indeed, the album explores the tug of memories and the passage of time, set against the eternal clock of Mother Nature, delivered in roots-influenced songs that are also rhythmically modern. And while illusions may be thematically steeped in past folklore, it is also present and alive in a way that jumps off these digital/vinyl tracks to penetrate heart, mind and body."