Hardwood Heart playing post-Thanksgiving show

Missoula’s Hardwood Heart will grace the stage at the Pearl Theater in Bonners Ferry at 7 p.m. Friday, November 26, and while it’s a new band, it features two former members of Pearl favorites, the Dodgy Mountain Men.

Hardwood Heart was born out of compulsion – a desire for guitarist Josh Clinger and mandolin player Jed Nussbaum, formerly of the Dodgy Mountain Men, to keep as musically active and exploratory as possible.

What started as two songwriters swapping tunes in backyards and living rooms turned into an impressive catalog of original material and covers, woven together with creative improvisation and vocal harmonies. Together they paired up with bassist Caleb Mattis and forged a sound rooted in bluegrass but stretching into jazz, folk, blues and rock and roll.

The trio used the slowdown in 2020 to focus on expanding their repertoire and record their first two EPs, showcasing the band’s intimate lyrics and tasteful instrumentation, and released their third EP, Walls & Picture Frames in June 2021.

They’ve been well received at venues throughout the Northwest, including a Halloween show at Eichardt’s Pub & Grill in Sandpoint so successful they stretched it out to two nights!

This show promises to be high energy and the main floor will be cleared for dancing, with limited seating and VIP Balcony seating available. The cafe will be serving up appetizers, dinner options and drink specials from Dry Fly Distillery.

This show is sure to sell out … don’t wait! Tickets are $15 general admission and $20 VIP, and they’ll be on sale at this weekend’s performances of “Swan Song” at the Pearl Theater, at Bonners Books and Mountain Mike’s and on-line at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5302057.

Doors and the Pearl Café will open at 6 p.m.

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