Plywood Cowboy
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Plywood Cowboy

East Haddam, CT | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

East Haddam, CT | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Americana Country




""One of the best new bands""

“With great harmonies, clever songs, and tasty guitar pickin', Plywood Cowboy is one of the best new bands on the Americana scene.” - Chris Bergson, NY Blues Hall of Fame Inductee

""Fabulous musicianship" - Channel 33 EP Review"

"The CD is polished, steeped in tradition, with lyrics full of longing, truth and heart.....They're doing something right. What they're getting right is a nostalgic presentation of old time country and roots, paired with modern lyrics around narrative storytelling (the kind of thing that never gets old). Throw in some fabulous musicianship, likable and pleasing lead vocals and an expert recording, and we've got a winner...the sound quality is crisp and clear with songs that are well-written and just make you smile." - Sound Waves Magazine

""Quickly won over the room""

"Plywood Cowboy made a lasting connection with the audience in our intimate listening room, delivering a unique blend of intelligent songwriting, vivid storytelling, engaging personality and pitch-perfect performance. Their instrumentation, arrangements and vocal harmonies quickly won over the room and by the time they stepped into the audience to deliver a beautiful a cappella encore, they had a whole new collection of dedicated fans. Plywood Cowboy is Americana music at its finest.” - Acousticool house concerts

""Gorgeously assured" - Channel 33 EP Review"

"a gorgeously assured collection of songs” - The Shoreline Times


“incredible, toe-tapping, quality Americana music” - Ibby Carothers, iCRV Radio

""Seriously hooky debut EP""

"seriously hooky debut EP, Channel 33......While the production is crisp and has a contemporary clarity, Dedman's songs definitely have a nostalgic quality; one can imagine a lonely road trip across the south in the mid-'60s and hearing these songs on some mightily powered C&W radio station of yore. Too, the musicians are empathetic and precise, playing fluidly but never too much. It's a very fine, totally competitive recording." - The Day


“Steve Dedman and his band Plywood Cowboy....deliver a musically compelling balance between smart/feelingful lyric and dynamically tasty sound” - Ira Sakolsky, Grammy-nominated artist, Riverway Studio

""The real deal""

"If you're looking for a CT artist who eschews the pop-rock-with-cowboy-hats aesthetics of modern country music in favor of a classic country vibe, than look no further than Plywood Cowboy. These guys are the real-deal for classic country enthusiasts, and not just because the album title refers to the CB channel that two members used to frequent in the 70s. Utilizing both lap and pedal steel guitar for maximum twang, alongside, piano, violin, organ and your other basic country accoutrements, Plywood Cowboy write songs that fit the dusty back roads of the great American songbook." - Chip McCabe - The Cut-Up

""A Big Hit""

"Plywood Cowboy was a big hit. The crowd was waiting for each new lyric to enjoy. Many positive comments after the show from our regulars." - Rob Blick, Lyrics Coffeehouse


Blue Skies (LP) - August 2018

Stray (digital single) - September 2017

Channel 33 (EP) - August 2016



Take yourself back to the days of dusty country roads, carefree summers, and your radio tuned to music that was soulful and authentic. Enter Plywood Cowboy, crafting songs ripe with these nostalgic comforts, yet perfectly suited for the soundtrack of modern life. With their second album release, “Blue Skies”, the band continues to produce refreshing music that has been called “steeped in tradition, with lyrics full of longing, truth and heart” by Sound Waves Magazine.

In keeping with their debut EP “Channel 33”, the band’s first full-length album, “Blue Skies”, was recorded at Riverway Studio with producer Ira Sakolsky. Influenced by the original sounds of country-western and rock n’ roll, the album presents a roots Americana palate with modern harmonic sensibility.  The August 2018 release earned a spot on the Grammy ballot in the Best Americana Album and Best Americana Song categories.

Born in the Connecticut River Valley in 2015, Plywood Cowboy continues to expand nationally. In 2018, Plywood Cowboy won the Connecticut Folk Festival band competition, giving them the opportunity to share the stage with Martin Sexton, The Alternate Routes, Jesse Terry, and Upstate Rubdown. The band has been honored to open for the Grammy-nominated act Yarn, Driftwood, and United States Poet Laureate Billy Collins, and has performed with members of Keith Urban’s band. Plywood Cowboy was selected to perform in the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance DJ Showcase.

Following a wildly successful launch at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, “Channel 33” earned accolades as "a gorgeously assured collection of songs” (The Shoreline Times) and “a seriously hooky debut EP” (The Day). “Blue Skies” is another strong musical collection. Underneath the soothing vocals, stellar musicianship and harmonies, lies a story in each song.  Mama Could Dance is an ironically humorous tale of a desperate man unable to win over a bombshell on the dance floor.  Take Me On Back returns the listener to childhood, with a reminder that it will always remain within us. While Stray tells the story of a love that was led astray and the guilt and forgiveness that ensues. When describing the album's sound, Dedman says: “Country music, Americana music, rock music, folk music. It’s all music to me. It’s almost indescribable with words. I think most art is. It’s rooted in our DNA. Certainly in mine.”  With the new album, Dedman expresses gratitude for the gift of music, his fellow musicians, and everyone who takes the time to listen.

Dedman’s father, David, and family friend John Hanus, taught Steve his first guitar chords at a young age. Kristopherson, Prine and Cash songs were the launching pad. Soon, Dedman was chasing down Floyd Cramer licks on the piano. The three would play their favorite country songs over the CB radio airwaves, and take the time on Sundays to practice the country-western picking style. Few knew John by his real name, but many knew him by his CB handle, "Plywood Cowboy”, a reference to his day job, hauling lumber for Housatonic Lumber Co. Though both Capt. Sunshine (David’s handle) and John have left the airwaves, their influences will forever be engrained in Plywood Cowboy’s music.

“We either rock the hell out of the songs live or we dim the lights and cry together with the crowd.”, says Dedman. Listen for yourself and see why New York Blues Hall of Fame Inductee Chris Bergson called Plywood Cowboy “one of the best new bands on the Americana scene”.  “Blue Skies” are here.

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