The Way Down Wanderers
The Way Down Wanderers

UPDATE: This show will be held outdoors!  The weather forecast is looking clear, so the show is a GO! 

The Cedar Ridge Sessions concert series combines music and nature, offering outdoor shows in a peaceful, countryside setting. Audience members should bring their lawn chairs, and any picnic style snacks they’d like. We ask for no beverage carry-ins, as there will be a bar available. Settle in and enjoy the sunset while experiencing live music like we've never offered before. Masks will be required at check-in, and when you approach the bar for a drink, at this time.  NEW TIME: Doors open at 5:15, Concert at 6 p.m.! 

Cedar Ridge Ranch, established in 1995, is located at W14471 Dartford Road, Ripon, WI If you have any questions, please give us a call at 920.294.4279. For questions the day of the show: Contact Rachael 828.691.0497

Sponsored by Huberty CPA's

The band’s self-released sophomore album, illusions, follows their self-titled 2016 debut, a pair of EPs and Live at the Old Rock House. Produced, engineered and mixed by Grammy winner David Schiffman, who has worked with an eclectic batch of artists from Johnny Cash and HAIM to System of a Down and Rage Against the Machine, at L.A.’s Sargent Studios and Chicago’s Shirk Studios, the new effort finds the band collaborating and exchanging ideas to further distinguish their unique sound.

The band’s two chief songwriters – Austin Krause-Thompson and Collin Krause – have known each other for six years now, starting when Austin was 19 and Collin 15, and while they each write separately, this time around there was much more working in tandem.

"We’re so much more used to working with each other now,” says Austin, who recently married Collin’s older sister, making them brothers-in-law. "Collin and I are really getting a feel for one another, the way we write together.”

The Way Down Wanderers may sound like some long-forgotten bluegrass band from the Coens’ O Brother Where Art Thou (like that film’s Soggy Bottom Boys), 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.

The track "All My Words” perfectly illustrates The Way Down Wanderers’ distinctive approach, combining a reggae/island beat, a mid-song rap and a closing Foggy Mountain Breakdown-style banjo deal to deliver a song that Austin describes as "trying to be creative when you just don’t feel it.” There are elements of "Cripple Creek” in "Heartland”, a love song written by Collin for his fiancée, Beach Boys vocals in the jazzy, dreamy title track and a Bo Diddley tribal stomp to "She’s Alright”, while "Crooked Pines” and "Moonglow Carolina” compare the magnificence of natural beauty to personal emotion.


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6:00 p.m.  (Doors open at 5:15 p.m. )

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