We had the good fortune of connecting with Michelle Edwards and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michelle, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
One of the most important factors behind our success of our band is a mutual respect for one another and a grateful heart for the audience that comes out to see our show! We really do want each other to shine and allow space and creativity to allow each member to do what they do best. Finding good teammates with good attitudes and grateful hearts has been a big portion to our success. Often we get comments after our show from folks that can tell we are having a blast playing music together and that we have “chemistry” on stage. It all starts during practice, encouraging creativity and allowing room for mistakes and improvement – and always sharing the spotlight. The other element to our success has been we are truly thankful for our audience who spend their hard earned money to see our show. We try to select songs and produce a show where folks walk away hopefully happier then when they entered the door. Recently, we had a comment from a fan who recently saw us at a sold out show at the Boot Barn Hall and the next weekend we played for a private party for only about 50 people. He said that every time he is seen us we leave it all on stage no matter the size of audience – which was such a nice compliment to us! Whether it is a big gig or a small gig – we want folks to feel they got their money’s worth.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
WireWood Station has been labeled “Rocky Mountain Acoustic” Music. We take well loved covers and make them our own with a Colorado flare. We also love writing music and try to make all our songs relatable to the audience in some form or fashion. We love that hearing a song can take you back to a memory or create a new one. Humanity needs music it is in everyone’s DNA and how fun for this primal desire in the world gets to be our job. We love that a piece of wood and a couple of wire strings can produce amazing sounds. These little pieces of wire and wood has given us the opportunity to open for the legendary Charlie Daniels, Dwight Yoakman, BlackHawk and the Marshall Tucker Band. Our little pieces of Wire and Wood we play has allowed members to tour Europe, Central America, all over the United States. Members have played in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center to Red Rocks. We love the “musicianship” of our music. Lots of bands can play loud, but do they tell a story with their instruments and their craft? We try to give our audience a musical experience, not one that you have to shout over each other but one you can lean in and listen to – where you can feel the emotions, dynamics and the instruments sing. We love having an infectious brew of 4 part harmonies and giving our audience a foot stompin’ good time. It has been a process to educate folks who hire us initially the difference between professional life long musicians who breath, and think about music all the time (like us) and others who do it for a hobby. The good news is once they hear the difference they are willing to pay for the product – which we are so grateful. Thankfully most of our business is from word of mouth or folks hearing us play out and hire us on the spot for their gig – when this happens for any business you know you are doing what you are meant to do.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
You can’t beat Colorado for any best friends visiting. Living in Monument CO we have so many amazing place right in our back yard! I would take them to visit Pikes Peak either by the incline or cog – at the top it gives new meaning to the song “American the Beautiful” Then we would go horseback riding in the Garden of the Gods – such a beautiful place. While there we would take a tour of the Glen Eyrie Castle – there is so much history in those walls and it feel like you are transported back in time (WireWood Station has had a chance to play there a couple of times and it is magical) We would spend some time on the west side Manitou Springs and Old Colorado City – go to the penny arcade and shop in the local art stores. We would maybe spend a spa day at the Broadmoor hotel and in the evening go to some of their amazing restaurants and listen to some music. We would make sure to eat at a couple of my favorite places Atmosphere Gastropub (their brussel sprout and eggs dish is amazing!) Then we would go to Abby’s pub for Fish and Chips and then make sure to hit one of the Back East Bar and Grill locations for the best Pizza or Hamburger in the City. If the weather would permit we would paddle board on Monument Lake and hike Mount Herman and then head on over to O’Mally’:s in Palmer Lake for some delicious wings and fries. Lastly we would go to a show at the best music venue in town – the Boot Barn Hall (hopefully WireWood Station would be playing but if not they always have an amazing line up!!)
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We at WireWood Station know we could not do what we love if it were not for the amazing fans that come out to see us and support us at our gigs! During Covid we tried some online concerts and while we got some loving from our online audience it was just not the same as being in person with the hoops and hollers of a live audience. Our audience makes it all worth it – we truly feed off of their energy and love. We have made so many friends from out shows – they enter as strangers and leave as friends. Some of our best friends we have met from attending our shows – we it when that happens. We would also be remiss to not mention all the music teachers who have influence, encouraged and trusted us with their craft. I had the same private violin teacher from 1st – 12th grade and would not be doing what I love without her guidance and instruction. My high school orchestra teacher was very strict, but it was because he believed in us that we could reach the high standard he expected. We all respected that he never lowered his musical standard because we were just high school students – but knew he believed in us and that was his way of showing us love. Lastly, all of our parents who put up with the screechy “learning curve” to learn an instrument and driving and paying for all those private lessons – we are all so very grateful for their sacrifice to allow and encourage us to do what we love!