Poor Man's Whiskey:
Poor Man's Whiskey plays "High Octane Hootenanny" music…Dance, laugh, sing.
Emerging from the San Francisco bay area music scene this quintet has developed a sound that is eclectic and engaging. PMW has been winning over national audiences with their upbeat performances, zany stage antics, and infectious songs. While seamlessly integrating acoustic and electric instruments the band weaves tales of everyday life, inviting the audience to become a part of each show.
PMW has released three studio albums, "Train to California" (2003), "Roadside Attraction"(2005), and in 2009: "Dark Side of the Moonshine" (a double disk set featuring original music as well as the bluegrass interpretation of the Pink Floyd classic album).
Notable festivals and shows: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Kate Wolf Music Festival, The Fillmore, SF; Harmony Festival; Strawberry Music Festival; The Great American Music Hall; The Summer Melt Down, Las Tortugas; finals of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
The Curly Wolf: The Curly Wolf was born in Southern California where SF Bay Area transplant Grant Benziger found like minded musicians to deliver a fast paced, hell of a good time band. Mixing roots-country, rockabilly, bluegrass and even punk to give a fun and energetic performance that caters to audiences young and old alike. The EP "Live Cursed, Seen Worse" was put out in April 2012 and they have been playing in support of it since. Keeping the crowds moving with a mix of sounds old and new, they give nods to Cash and Hank and bring the energy of rockabilly and cowpunk that makes for an all around memorable night.
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Justin Dzuban was born in the suburb of Delaware, Ohio, twenty miles north of the city of Columbus. He has been playing music his whole life, starting in elementary school with the violin. “I decided to move to trumpet for three years,” Dzuban remembers, “and then at age 13, I picked up the guitar?self-taught.” His first guitar, a Vantage model, was purchased from a buddy for $40.00. “I started with it,” Justin recalls, “and then came a performance in high school where I worked with a vocalist. The first tune we played was ‘Dumb’ by Nirvana. I loved the unplugged stuff Nirvana did. The next year, from the same MTV show where Nirvana recorded, we covered their version of David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Saved the World.’” Dzuban grew up with a wide range of musical influences, including Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan, The Doors, The Rolling Stones, and drawing from iconic musical acts of the ‘50s and early ’60s. When he started playing guitar, he was initially more into blues-based music than the songs he is recording in 2010, favoring the music of Jimi Hendrix, BB King, and early Rolling Stones. “I was doing some instrumentals,” he offers, "and playing in some bands, all covers at the time. “I was attracted to the guitar-driven kind of stuff, and although I played in a cover band in my early twenties, I soon got sick of it. Eventually, I met a guy who had a recording studio. He told me, ‘if you ever have any original sets, I’d love to record them for you.’ About the time I quit that band, I was laid off from my job in the print room of an engineering company, and I started writing songs. “For two months, the studio owner, Chuck Crosby, allowed me thirty hours a week, free. We actually still keep in contact now, many years later. It was a pivotal point in my life,” Dzuban admits. “It was a basement studio. Much different, compared to ProTools and what is out there now. Hard disc recording, and a great experience. I literally started writing on the spot. Five songs. The first was called ‘Clouds,’ and it was actually co-written with Josh Jeffers, who is now the executive producer on this planned debut album in 2010. Josh has been a long time supporter of my work.” Before his latest studio recording project, Dzuban first learned the recording process. “I liked being in the studio. It taught me discipline. I had all the time in the world to work on these tracks, so I recorded multiple takes. I was able to do a lot of listening to myself, and at the same time to be influenced by others. I started playing more acoustic guitar. Then I heard guitarist Wes Montgomery, and was able to study and appreciate his band, the grooves, the Latin kind of thing goin’ on. The guitar playing was smooth and effortless, a very unique sound, a whole new world.” During this whole time, Dzuban was also performing live in Ohio, playing acoustic sets around the Columbus area. “It was the best experience of my life, as far as my development as a performer goes,” he acknowledges. “I had a gig at this bar, BW3. I played a four-hour set there every Friday for a year. I literally logged some forty-eight shows and had a very cool crowd. At least thirty people a week. I was just 21. I learned a lot in that residency. At that point, through performing that much, I got to be really comfortable in front of anybody, a great point for me. Most of my sets were ad lib. So now, I can play a six-hour set. It showed me I could play music in front of people, the concept of playing for an audience that wants to listen. At the same time I also started doing some original stuff with a group.”