While much of the northeast was between snowstorms, the Wood Brothers pulled into Washington D.C. on an oddly balmy Saturday night. The sold out crowd at the venerated 9:30 Club seemed ready to bust. Seizing on that energy, the band delivered, again and again. Continue reading Wood Brothers with the T Sisters: a Fiery Recipe
Entering its 3rd year, The Charm City Folk & Bluegrass has already established itself as one of the premiere Folk and Bluegrass festivals in the Mid-Atlantic region. In its three-year existence the Festival has seen exponential growth moving from the cozy confines of the Union Craft Brewery in year one to the spacious grounds of Druid Hill Park, to the addition of a second stage in year three.
With a return to Druid Hill Park, a spectacular line-up, and the addition of the second stage that will feature thirteen bands with no overlapping sets, The Charm City Folk & Bluegrass looks to continue to be an early season standout of this year’s Festival season.
The Charm City Folk & Bluegrass’ schedule is topped by the Travelin McCoury’s and the Wood Brothers and is powerhouse line-up from start to finish. The twin stages will be set-up side by side so there will be little change over time between bands and no worry about missing any music. In addition to The McCoury’s – who will be stopping by as part of their road-to-Delfest tour – and the Wood Brothers, the day’s line-up will also feature such heavy weights as the legendary Seldom Scene and Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen.
Festival founders Jordan August and Phil Chorney also aim to highlight the great music that is being played in Baltimore today and remind everyone of the City’s long, influential, history in Bluegrass. “Baltimore is such an amazing City, with such an amazing musical heritage,” explains Chorney, “that we felt we needed to highlight.” To this end, August and Chorney included such Baltimore and local stalwarts as Letitia VanSant, Grand Ole Ditch, Chester River Runoff, and Charm City Junction.
The inclusion of local talent will culminate with an All-Star band led by Cris Jacobs before The McCoury’s headlining set. In addition to Jacobs, the All-Star band will include 2013 IMBA banjo-player of the year Mike Munford, fiddler Patrick McAvinue from Audie Blaylock & Redline, bassist Ian Truesheim, mandolinist BJ Lazarus, and drummer Ed Hough.
This year’s Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival will take place April 25 at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore. Tickets are available now and can be purchased here: Mission Tix
Check out past coverage of the first two Charm City Festivals from Honest Tune:
The Wood Brothers (with Seth Walker)
March 16, 2012
As winter wound down, an unseasonably warm Friday night brought a full house of music lovers to Birminghamâ€™s WorkPlay Theatre. Patrons filled the venue early, all prepared to simultaneously wind down a work week and ramp up the weekend with the band of Wood brothers that almost never was.
As with most evenings that begin with opening acts, many fans were prepared to write off the one on this night. This mentality would not prevail for long after the two-terraced levels of buzzing, seated and previously dismissive found themselves greeted with a pleasant surprise in the form of Seth Walker.
The mesmerized audience began leaning over the banisters, listening intently to the undoubtedly noteworthy solo artist. Walkerâ€™s soulful southern roots were on full display with his B.B. King-channeling guitar riffs and gritty voice that bore semblance to the silky eminence that Â Harry Connick, Jr. projects. Though Texas is where he hangs his hat, Walker was undeniably just as at home on the stage, his infectious presence immediately managing to draw The Wood Brothers’ Â crowd into the performance; the united snapping, clapping and singing creating a warm vibe in the already intimate setting.
The main men of the evening joined him on stage to lend a hand and close the set out with some four-part vocal harmony, sans accompaniment (or â€œAcapulcoâ€ as they joked) on an energetic toe-tapper, â€œMore Days Like This.â€Â It was a great way to tease the audience for what was yet to come and judging from the responsiveness of the WorkPlay gathering, Seth Walker’s style resonated in such a way as to suggest that it may not be long before he is making the trek to the town on his own.
As the musically saturated brothers Chris and Oliver Wood, accompanied by their tasty and technical one man drum section, Jano Rix, took to the spotlight, so too did the crowd receive a adrenaline shot, or so it seemed.
The pumped fans spilled out onto the floor, surrounding the stage and with a few obligatory remarks and nods, the trio opened the night with a subdued and poignant version of fan favorite,Â Â â€œPostcards from Hell.â€ Oliver melted right into a theoretically magical and jaw-jarring solo that concurrently gave pause to and inspired a roar of thunderous applause from the fully attentive mass.
From here, the same held true as the group played one pristine rendition from their catalog after the next, changing feels flawlessly, giving the crowd upbeat tempos with melodic breaks and hip-shaking grooves that shone the spotlight on Chris.
As fans are still reeling from the release of Smoke Ring Halo (August, 2011: Southern Ground), the guys proved that the songwriting has definitely not come to a halt by playing a tune that has yet to be featured on an album (but has been in live circulation since late 2011), entitled â€œHoney Jar.â€Â Demonstrating has mastery for the simultaneous bass and harmonica routine, Chris led the trio from a double time intro into a halftime, down-and-dirty swing section.
A definite highlight of the evening came with the resolute, gospel inspired track, â€œUp Above my Head.â€Â Rix whipped out his beloved busker-style clunker of a guitar that is covered with tape, metal can lids, and various other dangles and spangles. The group affectionately referred to the musical contraption as the â€œshit-tar,â€ orÂ the â€œpoo-tar,” as they edited it earlier in the day for their radio spot.Â One audience memberâ€™s summation of the sound said it all with the thoughtful shout, â€œIt doesnâ€™t sound like shit!â€Â On its whole, the song embodied perfection — the heavenly harmonies among each instrument and their pure, divine voices playing a definitive nod to the subject matter of the angelic song.
Chris cranked up the next song with an awe-inspiring bass solo that so amazing that the smoke from the fog machines could have just as easily been from his lightning quick fingers plucking the strings of the bass that dwarfs him in size. In short order, Oliver joined in with a medicine bottle as a percussive shaker and his thick, soulful and raspy voice to round out the thickly complex sound. Stating teasingly that sometimes they wanted to “hear music from some different brothers”, the boys launched into a funk filled, bluesy take on the (Allman) Brothersâ€™ â€œMidnight Rider,â€ followed by the dark and bittersweet Smoke Ring Halo title track.
â€œOne More Dayâ€ met the crowdâ€™s thirsty cries with a distinctively different Dixieland jazz feel, complete with jingles on the drum sticks and hi-hat.Â There were solo breaks all around and dancing, twirling, and singing from the musically intoxicated audience.
After an intoxicating take on “One More Day” that came with a distinctively different Dixieland jazz feel, the group was coaxed back to the stage for an encore, wherein the trio poured into â€œLuckiest Manâ€ as fans melted into the chilled vibe, giving group hugs, while swaying and singing along.
The relaxed atmosphere launched back into party mode as Seth Walker joined his friends and tour mates back on stage with his guitar. Rix revisited his â€œshit-tarâ€ and the four crooners celebrated their last night on tour together with The Fabulous Thunderbirdsâ€™ blues hit â€œWalking to My Baby.â€ With that and the round of “thanks,” “waves” and the like, the house lights were on and the night was capped.
This trio of master musicians, deftly honed in their craft, performed each moment of the show with flawless perfection.Â Many musicians are trained in precision while others put their stock in the feeling behind it all.Â In a rare and refreshing meeting of the two worlds, The Wood Brothers are able to combine emotional connections with perfected technical skill that creates the ultimate musical experience. It is this showing of minimal frills and maximum raw talent keeps The Wood Brothers’ crowd always coming back for more. One can only hope that it will be for many years to come.
Post Cards from Hell, Spirit, When I Was Young, Lovinâ€™ Arms, Pray Enough, Honey Jar, Atlas, Up Above My Head, Chevrolet, Midnight Rider, Smoke Ring Halo, One More Day, Pay Day, Shoofly Pie, Get Out My Life Woman
Encore: Luckiest Man, Walking to My Baby (with Seth Walker)
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Scroll down to revisitÂ Honest Tune‘s exclusive acoustic performance videos recorded at The Festy with The Wood Brothers
The Wood Brothers: “When I Was Young” (an Honest Tune Exclusive)
The Wood Brothers: Mary Anna” (an Honest Tune Exclusive)
The Wood Brothers have announced the second leg of their North American Tour in support of their 2011 record Smoke Ring Halo, which was the #1 Most Added Album on Americana Radio this past week and debuted this week at number 32 on the AMA Americana Airplay Chart. The second leg of their tour will kick off in Chicago, IL on March 8 and continue through March 24, ending in Connecticut after a northeastern string of shows. Tour dates are listed below.
The brothers are set to release their latest EP, Live, Volume 1: Sky High on the Southern Ground Artists label. The 7-track CD was recorded live during their Fall tour and features songs from the provocative and charming Smoke Ring Halo, along with tunes from their first record, Ways Not To Lose, plus a Mississippi John Hurt gem, “Pay Day”.
Previously Announced Tour Dates:
1/25/12 Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
1/26/12 Largo, Los Angeles, CA
1/27/12 Soho Restaurant & Music Club, Santa Barbara, CA
1/28/12 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
1/29/12 Don Quixote’s Int’l Music Hall, Felton, CA
1/31/12 Harlow’s Night Club, Sacramento, CA
2/1/12 McNears Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA
2/2/12 WOW Hall, Eugene, OR
2/3/12 Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR
Newly Announced Second Round of Tour Dates:
3/8/12 Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
3/9/12 Earth House, Indianapolis, IN
3/10/12 3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN
3/11/12 Headliner’s Music Hall, Louisville, KY
3/13/12 Track 29, Chattanooga, TN
3/14/12 Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
3/15/12 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
3/16/12 Workplay, Birmingham, AL
3/18/12 The Southern, Charlottesville, VA
3/19/12 The Abbey Bar, Harrisburg, PA
3/20/12 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
3/22/12 World CafÃ© Live, Philadelphia, PA
3/23/12 Triumph Brewing Company, New Hope, PA
3/24/12 StageOne, Fairfield, CT
For a complete list of tour dates please visit: www.thewoodbros.com/tour/
As most of you have noticed, we walked away from The Festy Experience with some of the sweetest gold possible. In the form of exclusive acoustic performances from some of the amazing artists on the bill, the content has been exceptional. Many of you have been kind enough to share the word to your network of friends and we want thank youÂ by offering a piece of memorabilia that we obtained while on the site at Devil’s Backbone.
Plus when you share the link (in accordance with the instructions below), you are also causing Honest Tune to cough up a buck to a good cause and one that is close to The Festy’s heart.
1) By sharing the Facebook links (SEE BELOW) to our exclusive performance videos, you are automatically entered to win (1) signed poster from the 2011 2nd Annual Festy Experience. The poster is numbered 12/100 and is hand signed by: The Infamous Stringdusters, Bill Nershi, Drew Emmitt, Railroad Earth, Brett Dennen, Oliver & Chris Wood (The Wood Brothers) & Jim Lauderdale.
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A few weeks back we rolled into the middle of nowhere and in so doing, landed upon a diamond in the rough. It was The Festy Experience. With a picturesque setting, the site that was nestled in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountain range played host to not only some of the finest bluegrass, Americana and roots music, but also to an impeccable vibe where strangers greeted strangers with smiles, courtesy and warmness.
In the middle of it all was a beautiful large house that we asked artists to pass through for a series of exclusive acoustic sessions with Honest Tune. Fortunately, they agreed and what happened within those walls was pure magic.
In the first part of the series, we were graced with stellar performances from Emmitt-Nershi Band, Sarah Siskind and Toubab Krewe.
In this part, we will unveil even more magic from the weekend with exclusive performances of two songs from Brett Dennen, two songs fromÂ The Wood Brothers and one tune from Jim Lauderdale.