Built on the song writing of Dennis Winslow and Rod Langdahl, The Naysayers
have a sound thats all their own but echoes back to roots rock practicioners
like Rockpile, Graham Parker, and even Tom Petty with a sprinkling of Dwight
Yoakam for good measure.
The Naysayers brand of Americana has been wowing Northwest crowds
for a while, now. On July 5, 2007, The Naysayers opened for country rocker
Pat Green before 5,500 screaming fans in Albany, Oregon. Guitarist/vocalist
Rod Langdahl cut his teeth with the Northwest band ThinMan in the 1980s.
ThinMan was a runnerup in the inaugural MTVs Basement Tapes. Langdahl
now owns and operates his own set design company called Stage Right.
Guitarist/vocalist Dennis Winslow wrote for Warner Chappell in the early
1990s. He has written a number of songs that have been used in various television
shows and movies including Saturday Night Live, CSI, Ghost Whisperer and
The Bernie Mac Show.
The Naysayers latest album COME INTO FOCUS was released in April 2007. South
African music journalist Dave Chislett describes the Naysayers as melodic
song writers of the kind of John Cale, Tom Petty school of thought. Its
Americana, through and through, and extraordinarily well done at that.
Portland Tribune journalist Barbara Mitchell described COME INTO FOCUS as
a confident, catchy collection of countrified rockers, adding,
They bill themselves as the best band youve never heard
of, but the release of their fine third album may change things.