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Halden Wofford & The Hi BeAMS


Who ’dat?: Halden Wofford (acoustic guitar/lead vocals); Bret Billings (steel guitar/harmonica); Ben O’Connor (bass); Greg Schochet (lead guitar/mandolin); Damon Smith (drums).

Myspace Categorization?: Honky tonk

We’re not saying they are these guys, but they kind of sound like: Hank Williams, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys

What’s their deal?: In an area that’s never been afraid of a little twang, it’s no wonder that Halden Wofford and the Hi-Beams have been together for 10 years. With a new album Sinners & Saints released earlier this year, the absolute crack team of performers are continuing to embrace life on the heavier side of a pedal steel, and they manage that with an authenticity that is palpable and reverent.

Shameless web plug: www.hibeams.com

O.K. When?: Road 34, Dec. 3; Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, Dec. 4; Oskar Blues Grill and Brew, Dec. 12; hi-dive, Dec. 17; Gold Hill Inn, Dec. 31.

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