Corn belt meets rust belt with The Waynewood Boys, a bluegrass quartet made up of Detroiter Hugh Fader, rural Illinois-bred Tom Megli, and southeast Michigan natives Mike Francis and Keith Buchanan. Megli's spot-on guitar chops mixed with Fader's hard-driving banjo set the band's tone, while Francis's energetic fiddle and mandolin work and Buchanan's rock-solid bass lines keep it rolling. Entrancing vocals with crisp harmonies complete the picture to make for a high, lonesome, Motor City-influenced sound.
The Boys' repertoire includes traditional bluegrass and country numbers from legends such as Flatt and Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers and Jimmie Rodgers. The smart melodies and lyrics of original compositions like Fader's up-tempo life lesson, “Off the Sauce,” and Megli's melancholy ballad, “Train” offer insight into the creative minds of these seasoned musicians. Supplementing their tight musical performances, their on-stage humor and wit engages the audience and keeps them smiling throughout each show.