The Examiner had some nice this to say about our music recently: October 2, 2013 Wooden Rings is so much more than the typical chamber pop ensemble, and their unique approach to arranging has quickly attracted the local media. ‘Finding Me’ left us breathlessly searching for answers. That and other introspective tracks from 2012’s self-titled debut inspired interviews on WXRT’s Local Anesthetic, WTTW’s Chicago Tonight and WBEZ’s Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia. Part of the allure is the lyrics — “Well worn, engraved, familiar but strange, the rings we wore everyday…” it’s that ability they have to take the everyday object and turn it into something tangible and communicative, that is memorable. It’s the translucent beauty of acoustic strings that introduce so many of their soulful ballads as well as the collection of instruments that blend and deepen the theme: xylophone to reed, nylon string to electric bass. We’re whipped through a myriad of emotions when vocalist /songwriter Ramah D. Jihan Malebranche sings the chilling refrain in ‘When I Knew.’ With four tracks on their current EP, which was recorded at Electrical Audio here in Chicago and will be released this month at Old Town School of Folk Music, Wooden Rings is eager to share more of their bounty. WHO: Wooden Rings WHAT: EP Release WHERE: Old Town School of Folk Music, 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. WHEN: Thursday October 24, 8 PM, $15
We are very honored perform at the 2nd annual Lamp Light Music Festival! Continuing with tradition, this is a “House Show Music Festival” featuring music performances, workshops, visual art, and food in five different houses in the Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Music begins on the Friday night of November 1st, and continues throughout the weekend, dovetailing on Novemeber3rd. If you live near Grand Rapids and plan to share this warm weekend with us, please check out our music before hand so you get a feeling for what we do. Can’t wait to wee you there!
We’ll be on fearless on Oct22. So listen in!fearlessradio.com/
Friends, this is going to be a wonderful show!!!
“Wooden Rings, an eclectic and ambitious ensemble from Chicago, have managed to encapsulate a sound so uniquely diverse, it quickly finds roots in the hearts of any honest music fan. Although their sound is self-described as “acoustic chamber pop,” the amount of honesty and emotion expelled through their music creates such a direct connection to the listener that it’s as if their songs were being written just for you.”-Old Town School of Folk Music
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Yeah that’s right! Wooden Rings is heading to Portland, OR later this month to do some wedding stuff and sing to all the fine folks out west. If you are in Portland and know us or want to know us come and bring a date. We will be a trio though, heads up. Share this with your Portland friends is you are lucky enough to have any. Thanks, Ramah of Wooden Rings
PHANTOM NOTE PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS!! Wednesday, June 26, 2013 Doors: 9:00pm Show: 10:00pm 21+ $5 Ticket Link: http://www.yourticketstand.net/tickets/1044 LAMP (RELEASE SHOW!!) http://www.Facebook.com/lampband BASTARDGEIST http://www.bastardgeist.bandcamp.com/ WOODEN RINGS http://woodenrings.bandcamp.com/ Show up early at 8pm to catch Party Room, a night of improv comedy with: The High Ceilings https://www.facebook.com/TheHighCeilings
Chicago’s Wooden Rings are gearing up for a new release this summer. The band’s 2012 self-titled debut received some lofty praise, locally. The four-piece is sometimes described as a chamber quartet, though a more rustic, sometimes folky sound seems to shine through more often than anything else. That rusticism, married with confessional lyrics, makes for melancholy songs drenched in the eternal longing for one’s better days. The band features Ramah Jihan (nylon-string guitar, lead vocals, songwriter), Justin Rodig (supporting vocal, clarinet, banjo, bells), Brett Bakshis (electric bass) and Marissa Deitz (cello). Wooden Rings stop The Morning Shift by for a preview of their forthcoming record, Twisted & Tangled, and chat a little bit about their music. The rustic confessional of Wooden Rings by WBEZ’s Morning Shift is licensed under a Creative Commons License.Wooden Rings just played The Morning Shift today and Tony Sarabia was so easy to talk to. Thanks to Tony and to all the crew for listening. It’s such an amazing complex at Navy Pier. Take a listen: https://soundcloud.com/morningshiftwbez/wooden-rings-plays-songs-from
Come join Deanna Devore and Wooden Rings at Uncommon Ground on Clark street for a wonderful night of acoustic music. Bring a date to wine and dine. CDs, T-Shirts, buttons, and download cards will be available for purchase and we will be playing selection from the EP we are in the process of mixing, Twisted & Tangled. Hope to see you there, Ramah of Wooden Rings
Thanks to the lovely McKenzie Emily Chinn, we are now smiling ear-to-ear on Instagram. Voila: instagram.com/woodenringsmusic
We send our sincerest appreciation and eternal “thanks” to all of you that have taken the time and shared your bread to invest in this project. Though we have met our goal we’d still like for you to share the Kickstarter with your friends and families in case any of them want to share in this work, from it’s foundation, as well. Last night’s practice sealed the deal- this record is going to be something else. And to all of you that have pledged, I hope you are very excited about your winnings. With this sort of luck you all should try your hand at the stock market. Warmly, Ramah, Brett, Justin, Marissa and our families.
Friends, Wooden Rings is just over halfway to our goal of $1250 to create our new EP, Twisted & Tangled. If you haven’t already, take a look at what we’ve put together and consider contributing. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/241744393/wooden-rings-twisted-and-tangled-ep
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/241744393/wooden-rings-twisted-and-tangled-ep Thanks in advance, Warmly, Ramah, Justin, Marissa, and Brett and all our familiesDear Friends, We have begun a Kickstarter campaign to help materialize a collection of 4 songs that we plan to have ready to release in May. This collection will be known as the Twisted & Tangled EP. This is some of our most vigorous work! We hope to make a recording that captures what we hear when we play together as a responsive, connected unit rather than the piece-by-piece approach we took when recording our first record, Wooden Rings 2012. If you like what we do, our musical ideas, lyrics, choices to do our own thing with everything we are, please consider giving.
The wine is excellent, the food is choice, and the atmosphere is intoxicating. Come out for the music and stay cause you’re comfy. Get there early, it’s a small room. Khari Lemuel will alaso grace us with his soulful voice and constructions so sensitive, they must be made of honey.