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.
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Erika Wennerstrom • singer-