Ola Podrida    
"Ola Podrida, the brainchild of David Wingo, was born in early 2005, after Wingo had returned to his native Texas from New York. Although he had played instruments throughout high school and college and even composed the scores for friend David Gordon Green's movies George Washington, All the Real Girls, and Undertow, he had yet to make anything as a singer or songwriter. He recorded the songs on what would later be his debut album alone in his basement before shifts at the video store where he worked, but brought on friends guitarist Robert Patton and drummer Matthew Frank for his live show. All three musicians moved to Brooklyn in 2006, where they added Johnny Christ on keyboards and guitars and American Analog Set singer Andrew Kenny on bass. In the spring of 2007 Plug Research released Ola Podrida, and Wingo continued to work on film scores, including Todd Rohal's The Guatemalan Handshake and Craig Zobel's Great Wall of Sound, which premiered at the 2007 SXSW festival in Austin."  – All Music Guide
Belly of the Lion
play Donkey
view The Closest We Will Ever Be
LP // CD // MP3 more
Ghosts Go Blind
play Staying In
LP // CD // MP3 more
Mar 14 Austin, TX • SXSW 10PM at The Driskill w/ Balmorhea, Lushlife, Luxury Liners, JBM
May 4 Austin, TX • The Belmont w/ ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail Of Dead: Tickets here
May 9 Denton, TX • Dan's Silverleaf
May 10 Little Rock, AR • Vino's Brewpub
May 11 St. Louis, MO • Foam
May 12 Madison, WI  • Frequency
May 13 Chicago, IL • Township
May 14 Columbus, OH • Tree Bar
May 15 Philadephia, PA • Kung Fu Necktie
May 17 Brooklyn, NY • Rock Shop
May 18 New York, NY • Cakeshop
May 19 Hoboken, NJ • Maxwell's
May 21 Washington, DC • Velvet Lounge
May 22 Chapel Hill, NC • Local 506
May 23 Atlanta, GA • Drunken Unicorn
May 24 New Orleans, LA • Circle Bar
Jun 11 Phoenix, AZ • Carriage House at Cibo Pizzeria w/ Michael Krassner
Jun 12 Los Angeles, CA • The Satellite w/ Radar Brothers
Jun 13 San Francisco, CA • Cafe du Nord w/ Radar Brothers
Jun 14 Davis, CA • Sophia's Thai Kitchen w/ Radar Brothers
Jun 16 Portland, OR • Doug Fir Lounge w/ Radar Brothers
Jun 17 Seattle, WA • Tractor Tavern w/ Radar Brothers
Jun 18 Boise, ID • Neurolux w/ Radar Brothers
Jun 19 Salt Lake City, UT • Bar Deluxe w/ Radar Brothers
Jun 20 Denver, CO • Moe's w/ Radar Brothers
Jun 21 Oklahoma City, OK • The Conservatory w/ Radar Brothers
Jun 23 Austin, TX • The Mohawk w/ Radar Brothers
Selected Press
“Ola Podrida is a cohesive, confident album full of folky, quiet guitars and thoughtful lyrics that coalesce into complete songs. But what sets the group apart from similar acts like Iron & Wine and Paul Duncan is its cinematic flair: Wingo treats his words like images, so that the music acts like a soundtrack that gently reinforces their meaning and impact.”
– Pitchfork (8.0)
“This is "Texas Music", in the best sense of the phrase.”
– Gorilla vs. Bear
“The folksy calm lets the songs feel easy, lets them feel familiar; and yet deep in there, beneath the easy and familiar songs, is something more than status quo. There's a fierceness that feeds these soft-voiced things, something far too sensuous for bedtime. If this were a 2006 album, it would be one of my albums of the year.”
– Said the Gramophone
“unfailingly cinematic”
– Exclaim
“Wingo's mastery of the sound is hard to deny"
Coke Machine Glow
“very good album…fantastic live show. Definitely worth checking out”
– Brooklyn Vegan
“it's easy to fall prey to Ola Podrida's rustic charms”
– Textura
“…the upcoming album is a thing of quiet beauty reminiscent of the very best under-the-radar homegrown ’70s folk experiments…I have a feeling this is only the beginning.”
– Aquarium Drunkard
“Ola Podrida excels at creating a beautifully atmospheric mood, as well as gentle beauty that's both spacious and deceptively complex….At the end of ‘Jordanna,’ Wingo sings, ‘I'm not sure there's any point to it all / but I sure loved hearing your voice,’ and the latter sentiment surely holds true here.”
“Wingo does his best work in scenes, crafting imagistic snapshots over a Hill Country backdrop, combining Iron & Wine's dusty lore with the breathy melancholy of Nick Drake.”
– Austin Chronicle
“….this is what I'd hoped Grizzly Bear's Yellow House would sound like…Ola Podrida isn't just a strikingly accomplished debut—it's near-essential listening for anyone who's been taken with the recent turn in some parts of the indie cosmology towards folkier and more countrified sounds.”
– Stylus Magazine
"Instruments layer together subtly and deftly, creating an atmosphere that brings to mind the wide Western plains or old, not-quite-forgotten lovers."
– Spin
“..a pretty, Southern-inflected indie rock album, soft acoustic guitar arpeggios, various keyboard instruments, and brushed drums leading the way”
– All Music Guide
“Ola Podrida have beaten Sufjan Stevens to the punch and recorded an aural-love letter to singer David Wingo’s Lone Star state.”
Pop Matters
“chock full of beautiful songs”
My Old Kentucky Blog