"Here's a group with the bluegrass world at its feet. Excellent material."
--Lee Bolton, WOBO Radio, Batavia, Ohio
"Where bluegrass is heading in the twenty-first century is anybody's guess -- looks like WayStation will be one of the stops."
--Paul Jacobs, Fiddler Magazine
"This band needs more attention. Soulful classical-like music & vocals"
--Jaanus Vainu, BGR Bluegrass Radio 108, Talinn, Estonia
WayStation should appeal to listeners who like their bluegrass on the progressive side, smoothly presented, with thoughtful and creative touches. Their music and shows are designed to engage the mind as well as the ears."
--Peter Wernick (Dr. Banjo )
Lush Country-Folk with heavy Bluegrass tinges. Skilled acoustic flatpicking saddles up next to perfect three-part male/female harmonies and crispy banjo plucking. - Eric Shea, Listen.com
WayStation's unique style has garnered recognition in both the folk and bluegrass communities. The band has been named to the Artists' Touring Roster of the Massachusetts Council for the Arts. In 1994, the band represented the Northeast in the Pizza Hut International Bluegrass Showdown in Owensboro, Kentucky. And their first album, Looking for Love, received excellent reviews from all sectors of the independent music press
Here are four places you can go to hear WayStation's music right now. As a bonus, all of them offer access into the entire spectrum of independent music, as well as some forward thinking labels. If you're interested in the cutting edge of any style of music, you'll want to explore these links. And check out the playback software tools listed at the end of this section.
MP3 is the best way on the Internet to hear what WayStation sounds like. Twelve songs from the CD "Looking for Love" are available for high-quality listening or free download there, and seven more can be purchased at the site. To get directly to WayStation's home page at MP3.COM, go to http://www.mp3.com/waystation. If you want to see the folk chart, check http://www.mp3.com/music/folk, and if your interests are broader, just go to MP3's home page.
To play back RealAudio content, such as CDs from the Jukebox, InstantPlay samples from MP3.com and lots of other Internet sound content, you'll need the RealPlayer from Real.com. A fully functional RealAudio player can be downloaded completely free from that site, although Real.com also sells a player with more bells and whistles at the same site.
WayStation has been attracting attention from both the bluegrass and folk worlds. The band has headlined at several area coffeehouses, including Coffee, Tea and Melody and the Home Cookin' Coffeehouse, and has returned for repeat performances for the New England Folk Festival, the Northeast Indoor Bluegrass Festival and Concord's Colonial Inn Concert Series. In addition, they have opened shows for Songstreet Productions, the Boston Bluegrass Union and others, sharing the stage with Alison Krauss, Laurie Lewis, the Cox Family, Tim and Mollie O’Brien, Northern Lights, The Country Gentlemen, and Kukuruza.
WayStation has also competed in a number of regional bluegrass band contests, garnering a first place in the 1994 Northeast Regional Championships of the Pizza Hut International Bluegrass Showdown, a second at Doug Tuchman's first annual bluegrass band contest in Holyoke, Massachusetts in 1994, and a third place in the 1993 Winterhawk band contest.
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