“I tell everyone about Woven Green,” said Amanda Torres. “Everyone should know about Woven Green.”
Torres is the kind of follower most acts would kill to have. She goes to “as many shows as possible,” gushes to everyone who will listen about “one of the best bands” she’s ever heard and even had the temerity to compare Woven Green lead singer Ashley Cash to such heavyweight vocalists as Anita Baker and Stevie Nicks. Some would call that claim Olympic exaggeration. Others might say she’s on to something.
“We’re an original act, so it’s taken us time to establish our brand,” said Jim Cash, one-half of the husband-wife team who, along with a cadre of musicians, form the core of Woven Green. “Our commitment to the quality of what we’re doing has started to take care of itself in a way. Connections are flowing a little more easily. People are talking about us.”
That’s a little bit of an understatement. The group released an EP in November 2009 and as a result were featured in Relix Magazine and were nominated for a 2009 Wammy (Washington Area Music Association Award) in the pop/rock category. That initial success was followed by a sting of regional touring that took Woven Green to audiences across the D.C. metro area. On Oct. 5 they will perform at Tally Ho Theater in Leesburg.
The band members, who describe their sound as “world rock funk acoustic,” attribute the success they've achieved so far to durability, patience and more than a little teamwork.
“We’ve played with a lot of really great musicians over the years,” said Ashley Cash, the lead singer with the pipes that an intimate – but growing – number of fans can’t get enough of. “We’ve had a process to seek out the right fit, the right chemistry, to find individuals who are truly committed. We’ve been fortunate to find that group of people, and it’s funny that we’ve found the core of the group through Craigslist. You don’t realize how much is going on in your own backyard. You post an ad and find out that someone a few miles down the road happens to be an expert guitarist or saxophonist.”
All the better, as Woven Green’s eclectic style calls for musicians of all stripes.
“We’re a band that crosses genres,” explained Jim Cash. “We categorize ourselves without pigeonholing ourselves as world rock punk acoustic. It’s an original sound we’re creating through synthesis of those genres.”
The uber-fan translation?
“I love all genres of music,” said Amanda Torres. “So I love Woven Green.”
Undergirding Woven Green's success is the bulwark of Potomac Falls Music, a business the Cashes founded in 2005 that has since flourished. Potomac Falls offers music instruction and time in the Cashes' recording studio, which will be a major boon to Woven's Green planned music label, Starseed Record.
“It’s always been important to us to have stability through business,” said Ashley Cash. “It’s pretty awesome that we’ve been able to keep our hands on our instruments in our day jobs, teaching young people to play, managing a staff of high-quality teachers. Even when we’re not with the band, we’re doing music.”
If you go:
What: Woven Green
Time: 8 – 11 p.m.
Where: Tally Ho Theatre, 19 W. Market St., Leesburg.
Tickets: $10; purchase at the door or online at http://www.wovengreenmusic.com