“Silver City bound, Silver City bound, Gonna tell my baby, I’m Silver City bound. Gonna find Blind Lemon, and ride on down.” - Lead Belly
Silver City Bound is Road Music. Rebel accordion. American wanderlust. It’s the music you blast when you're driving 1,300 miles from Brooklyn to New Orleans. With soulful harmony and award-winning songs, the band has rock and rolled from sold-out shows at Lincoln Center to concert halls, iconic dive bars and major festivals in twenty-six states and six countries. And they’re just getting started.
Based in New York City, Silver City Bound (formerly The Amigos) was formed in 2011 by accordionist and keyboardist Sam Reider and guitarist Justin Poindexter. Calling themselves The Amigos, the pair got their start busting into college parties like guerrilla mariachis, jumping on top of cheap furniture and singing Hank Williams songs. They quickly became infamous in the New York music scene and a favored opening act for artists like Jon Batiste and Stay Human, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and Sam Bush.
The Amigos released their debut album, Diner in The Sky, in February, 2014. Joined by bassist Noah Garabedian, drummer Will Clark, producer Devin Greenwood (Sufjan Stevens, Norah Jones, Sweetback Sisters), saxophonist Eddie Barbash (Late Show with Stephen Colbert), and legendary composer, musician, and beat poet David Amram, the album won Best Americana Music Album from the Independent Music Awards and propelled the band to appearances at CMJ, Folk Alliance International, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Cotati Accordion Festival, the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, and the Kerrville Folk Festival. They collaborated on stage with Jim Lauderdale, Dom Flemons, David Amram, Ranger Doug (of Riders in the Sky), The Time Jumpers, and Nellie McKay. In 2014 they toured China, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, giving over 40 concerts and performing with local and international artists.
In 2015, the band changed their name to Silver City Bound, to better embody the spirit of the American roots musicians to which they are indebted. Their new EP, Take My Picture, is set for release in February 2016, and will feature four original songs and a new take on the classic love song “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man." Soaring accordion, throaty electric guitar and a pulsing rhythm section echo the Flying Burrito Brothers, Tom Petty, Clifton Chenier, and the Band.
Justin Lafayette Poindexter hails from Greensboro, North Carolina. The son of a Nascar-endorsed country singer, Justin studied music composition at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts before moving to New York for a fellowship at Lincoln Center. He’s a self-professed garbage head and can tell you basically anything you want to know about any country, rock or soul band you’ve never heard of.
Sammy “Squeeze" Reider grew up in San Francisco, the official home of the squeeze box. Born into a family of classical musicians, Sam was touring professionally at young age and was featured on NPR’s Piano Jazz when he was 18 years old. He moved to New York to attend Columbia University, where he fell in love with folk music and studied songwriting in the Great Depression. Rumor says he’s a descendent of Gypsy Rose Lee.
Noah Garabedian hails from Berkeley, California, is the son of Armenian royalty, and holds a masters in music from NYU and a undergrad degree in ethnomusicology from UCLA. He’s a local food freak and maintains the band’s touring food blog TheSpicySpecial.com. “Wild” Willie Clark was born in Eugene, Oregon, the heir to a granola empire. Before he was a drummer, he had a whirlwind career as a prodigy juggler at county fairs around the northwest.
“Take me by the hand, oh baby, and lead me to the promise land."