Alibi V.18 No.13 • March 26-April 1, 2009 

Music to Your Ears

The Porter Draw Grows a Really Terrific Beard (and Releases Its First Album)

This week, Albuquerque’s The Porter Draw celebrates its first recording. Trouble sometimes races, is sometimes slow and measured, is always at least a little forlorn. The album is a cross-country journey marked by excellent playing, refined harmonies and run-ins with the law. Formed in the summer of ’07 as a three piece, The Porter Draw is now comprised of Ben Wood, Josh Gingerich, Vince Edgerton, Russell Pyle and Mojo Atzberger. The bluegrass-y quintet, named after a Colorado off-ramp, e-mailed us answers to a few questions.

What drew you to “the bluegrass”?

Vince: Bluegrass? I thought we were a ska band.

Mojo: I could’ve sworn we were an emo band.

Russell: No, that’s The Dirty Novels.

Josh: I grew up on it.

You guys tend to swear during stage banter ... what's with the potty mouth?

Russell: What the fuck do you mean?

What is your songwriting process?

Russell: We all write.

Josh: One of us will bring a song to the rest of the band; it grows from there.

Ben: I tend to write chord structures first … melodies then lyrics. I usually have a song “genre” in mind when I start.

You have a few songs about the slammer. Has anyone in The Porter Draw done time?

Vince: I have.

Josh: No, but I work there.

Have you ever drank moonshine?

Russell: Hell yeah, peach shine from the Shenandoah is delicious.

Mojo: My grandpa used to make six times distilled cherry Hungarian vodka. We had a moonshine distillery in our back barn.

Russell: Really? Shit.

Why do you all have beards?

Ben: Shaving’s for strippers and car salesmen.

Do you ever find yourself wearing overalls with no shirt underneath while sitting on a couch on your front porch drinking the cheapest American Pilsner you could find?

Ben: Are you asking me out?

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Ben: Mustard and onions.

The Porter Draw’s record release hootenanny happens at the Launchpad on Friday, March 27. Joining them are Pan!c, The Dirty Novels and The Fire Season. Admission is $5 and the show starts at 10 p.m. 21-and-over.