The Wood Brothers

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The Wood Brothers

“The masters of soulful folk.”

Paste Magazine

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The Wood Brothers released their debut studio album, Ways Not To Lose, on the legendary Blue Note label in 2006 after long careers performing separately in several national acts. Chris Wood already had legions of devoted fans for his incomparable work as one-third of the genre-busting Medeski Martin & Wood, while his brother, Oliver, played with Tinsley Ellis for two years before touring internationally and releasing a half-dozen albums with his band, King Johnson. Almost a decade later, with percussionist and harmony vocalist Jano Rix added as a permanent third member, The Wood Brothers rapidly rose to headliner status.

I Got Loaded: 

With Oliver on guitar and lead vocals, and Chris on bass, harmonica and high lonesome harmonies, the brothers began refining a soulful blend of murder ballads, heartsick blues, stirring protest songs, and back-porch folk-funk first learned at the feet of their musician father and poet mom. Oliver’s earthy vocals and sturdy compositions helped the band gain a substantial fan base and rapturous reviews. Says producer-musician John Medeski, who helmed the Brothers’ first two albums: “I can’t tell you how many of his songs I thought were traditional standards. They sound like old classics, but they’re originals.”

Sing About It: 

Chris Wood developed his extraordinary bass chops studying with bassist Dave Holland, sax player George Garzone, trumpeter John McNeil and piano great Geri Allen. After Grammy-winning roots-rocker Zac Brown invited them on tour, The Wood Brothers were suddenly playing for crowds of 20,000.

The Shuitar Explained: 

Hailed by the New York Times for their “gripping” vocals and by the LA Times for their “taut musicianship,” the brothers’ on stage chemistry and charismatic magnetism carries over onto their sixth studio release, Paradise, on Honey Jar/Thirty Tiger Records which reveals The Wood Brothers’ unique penchant for keeping fans spellbound.