Albuquerque's The Porter Draw is an aggressive Americana band, with their roots firmly planted in bluegrass, country, and punk alike. Combining traditional American music with punk energy and attitude, they pull the whole thing together with excellent songwriting and tight harmonies for a unique sound. The band has earned a reputation for providing a whiskey-soaked soundtrack for the rowdy crowds at bars and brew pubs all over thes Southwest. Their second-full length, California Widow, showcases the band's growth with an expanded line-up and a greater focus on the alt-country portion of their sound. The band recorded the album at Frogville Studios in Santa Fe, with the help of Bill Palmer, who engineered, mixed, and mastered it.
In their time together, The Porter Draw has played with some of the country's front-runners in contemporary alt-country, psycho-billy, and second generation bluegrass, including Cross Canadian Ragweed, Tumbledown, Blue Sky Green Grass, Cadillac Sky, and the Reverend Horton Heat, to name a few. The band has been playing together officially since summer of 2007, and released their debut, Trouble, in 2009, influenced by an eclectic mix of Steve Earle, Robert Earl Keen, Appalachian mountain bluegrass, east coast hardcore and 1990's East Bay melodic punk. The Porter Draw is: Ben Wood (banjo), Russell James Pyle (guitar, vocals), Joshua Gingerich (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Dandee Fleming (bass), and Joey Gonzales (drums, percussion).