Wayword Sons

Wayword Sons


The Wayword Sons combine the critically acclaimed songwriting of Benny Galloway (of Yonder Mountain fame) and stellar musicianship within the unique instrumentation of keyboards, dobro, acoustic guitar and bass, This is not just another wanna-be jamgrass band…The Wayword sound is truly special.


The Wayword Sons is one of the most exciting new bands in today‘s music scene. Combining the critically acclaimed songwriting of Benny Galloway, whose timeless songs have been recorded by The Infamous Stringdusters, Drew Emmitt, and Yonder Mountain String Band (Benny has songs on each of their albums to date and their 2003 album "Old Hands" was a colaborative effort and featured only songs written by Benny) and stellar musicianship within the unique instrumentation of keyboards, dobro, acoustic guitar and bass, The Wayword sound is truly something special.

Though the band is newly formed, many music fans find familiar faces and sounds in the Wayword Sons. Benny’s musical association with Yonder Mountain String Band, whose 2003 recording, “Old Hands” features only songs written by Benny, has made him a cult hero among Yonder’s multitude of fans. Benny has handpicked a cohesive unit of some of the finest young musicians in the country to play his music the way that it should be heard.

Calling upon traditional bluegrass as a jumping off point for musical experimentation, the Sons create a sound that is jammy, yet tight, lyrical, yet improvisational, and tender, yet rock solid. Bound by the love of songs and the chance to play them together, The Wayword Sons’ genre-bending live sound is an unlikely combination of old and new, sweet and salty, … as creative and unique as it is hard to define.
Since forming in the fall of 2005, The Wayword Sons have made a large impact throughout the country. In the band’s short existence, they have been from coast to coast and have been invited to play such reputable festivals as The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, where they wowed the audience with their mainstage set and sold out a nightgrass show in town, The Northwest String Summit, and The Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, where they were called a favorite new band to the festival’s huge, diverse audience.

While fans are falling in love with the live sound of the Wayword Sons, musicians and peers are also taking note of the creative and inherently musical nature of the band. When Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band needed a band to fatten up his sound for a headlining festival set in the spring of 2006, he called upon The Sons. Later that fall, Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon did the same for a run of shows in the Southeast.

The band’s first album, “Poor Boy’s Delight” (Hamshack Records, August, 2006), being distributed nationally by MRI/RED Distribution, debuted in the top ten of Billboard Magazine’s bluegrass charts and is a diverse collection of original songs. Representing a combination of soft, tender tunes that spill into intense jams, this album speaks to The Wayword Sons’ success and showcases their ability to play host to a fusion of many new sounds. Commenting on the band’s first album, Galloway looks to the future: “To think that we all met in a small town out in southwestern Colorado is right around mind bending. Chance, luck, or fate and you hold in your hand this collection of songs and stories we call Poor Boy's Delight. I can only imagine the next batch of ideas rendered to melody at the hands of the Wayword Sons.” Boasting energy from their newly formed success and celebration of their new album, The Wayword Sons continue to amaze audiences and enlarge their rapidly growing fan base.
About the members of The Wayword Sons:

Benny “Burle” Galloway has been one of the best-kept musical secrets in the country. His songs sound like they are a hundred years old, yet connect with the listener on a level that few songwriters achieve. Burle writes songs that are both complex and simple, songs so powerful that the Yonder Mountain String Band, after putting at least one of Burle's songs on every one of their albums to date, chose to make an album with Burle, consisting only of tunes by Burle, with special guests like Tim O’Brien, Jerry Douglas, Sally Van Meter, Darol Anger, Casey Dreisen and Dirk Powell. This album, billed as “Yonder Mountain String Band and Benny Galloway”, “Old Hands”, debuted at #5 on the Billboard Bluegrass Charts and is one of Yonder Mountain String Bands best selling albums to date. As a performer, Burle puts everything he has into his soulful singing and playing, whether he is on the upright bass electric bass or guitar. His most recent success was with The Infamous String dusters, who recorded Burle's song, "Poor Boy's Delight" on their debut record and have noted that it is by far their most requested song and is currently getting the most radio play.
Gregg Andrulis plays the keyboards. He is a musician who can fit into and expand any realm of music he chooses to. Thankfully, he chooses to play “Burle tunes“. While in college, Gregg was the keyboard players for Tosh


"Poor Boy's Delight" Street Date: August 8th, 2006
Hamshack Records, Red Distribution
Produced by Sally Van Meter
Special Guests include Stuart Duncan and members of Yonder Mountain String Band

The Band also has two shows (and more coming out every month or so) at Compact Disc On Demand (www.cdodlive.com). These are high definition live shows recorded on multi tracking machines and sold at the end of the show that was recorded and then on the internet after the fact.

Set List

The Wayword Sons sets' consist of mostly original music, but we also include a few covers, traditional songs and familiar songs written by our good friends, like Shawn Camp, Yonder Mountain String Band and Leftover Salmon.

Here is a setlist from a recent show where we headlined the Pickin On The Poudre Festival at the Mishiwaka Ampitheatre in Fort Collins, Colorado:

Last Dollar Blues
Red Tail Lights
Years With Rose*>
Tommorrow Is A Long Time>
Years With Rose*
Hey Woodie Guthrie
Country Boy Rock and Roll
Travellin Teardrop Blues
Not Far Away*>
Shady Grove>
Not Far Away*
Streamline Cannonball
Encore/- Long Lonesome Day*

*=oriiginal songs