The Way Down Wanderers

Rapidly becoming the high energy, youthful Americana / Bluegrass / Roots band of choice for many top festival and venue buyers, The Way Down Wanderers have wracked up an impressive number of accolades. The Illinois-5-piece was named Chicago’s Best Emerging Artist in 2014, a finalist in the International Song Writing Competition in both 2015 & 2016 and was included on Songpickr’s Best Songs Spotify Playlist that same year — all before any of its members were old enough to rent a car. It’s no surprise it was selected to showcase at AmericanaFest (2018), International Folk Alliance Conference, (2019), IBMA (2016), and BBC Scotland Session (2017).

In spite of their young touring career, The Way Down Wanderers are no strangers to the festival circuit, having already played Merlefest, Summer Camp, Red Wing Roots Music Festival and Saskatchewan Jazz Fest as well as many others all across the United States, Canada and the UK. The band has also graced the stage of coveted venues such as Bluegrass Underground (TN), The Fox Theater (CO), Park West (IL), The Vogue (IN) The Station Inn (TN) The Ark (MI), and countless others.

With youthful exuberance and a lively stage show that highlights their impressive song craft and high energy blend of percussion, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo and fiddle, fans are not just singing along to one tune….they are singing along to all of them!

“…the band actually emerged fully formed, possessing a certain savvy that assures their ability to stand apart in a crowded field of nu-grass contenders. It also assumes that while The Way Down Wanderers may have only just begun their musical journey, they’ve come quite far already.”

Lee Zimmerman

Relix Magazine

“The Way Down Wanderers have an ear for pop-orientated songs with uplifting choruses. This must give them wide-ranging appeal.”

Michael Hingston

Americana Round-up (UK)

“We are really liking this.”

Ricky Ross

BBC Radio Scotland


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