By Mike Dunn
The Deep Dark Woods
CALGARY – After time gradually brought new paths for the original members of The Deep Dark Woods, Ryan Boldt, the band’s lead vocalist and chief songwriter continued to work, producing the record Yarrow (2017) and hitting the road to Europe last year, and across Canada this summer, with his closest friends backing him in a few different lineups.
“There’s definitely something about playing the songs with new players, you can feel a different energy in the music for sure,” says Boldt, “It opens up the creative part of playing live.”
While the tour in Europe saw Boldt playing with longtime organ and piano player Geoff Hilhorst, he was joined by Clayton Linthicum on bass and Mike Silverman on drums. The Alberta festival dates at Interstellar Rodeo and Calgary Folk Fest opened a lot of ears to the sound of the band that’ll swing west with Boldt again, with Hilhorst, Victoria guitarist Evan Cheadle, Vancouver rhythm section Leon Power and Erik Nielsen, and Kacy Lee Anderson on vocals, whose harmonies on Yarrow bound seamlessly to Boldt’s stretched vocal melodies. While that record was made well in advance of its release, Boldt says he’s preparing some new music, and his path of playing with old friends in new situations is giving the band a bold new feel.
“I’m try to be constantly writing, and we’re working on getting some new music into the studio. When you play with the same people for a really long time, it can start to feel like the ‘regular thing’. This is different, and you’re kind of nervous the first show with a new band, but you get used to how the drummer’s playing first, their feel, and hear someone else’s way of playing the part, and it opens up a lot of creative places in the songs.”