The Wood Brothers' will release their third album, the atmospherically titled, Smoke Ring Halo, August 2 on Zac Brown's imprint Southern Ground.
Brothers Oliver (guitar, vocals) and Chris Wood (bass, vocals, harmonica) deliver a wide-ranging album that is as musically and lyrically provocative as it is natural, nearly homespun. Jim Scott (Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams) produced and engineeered.
The rich, spacious sound on songs like the rousing opener "Mary Anna," the back-porch-funky "Shoofly Pie," the waltz-time plaint "Pay Attention," the elegiac title track, and the moving "Blue and Green" are the thoughtful culmination of Chris and Oliver's divergent musical pursuits. Scott captures it all on two-inch tape for a resonant, organically burnished sound.
Oliver pursued the blues, honing his guitar chops and (eventually) songwriting voice first as a sideman with blues vet Tinsley Ellis, then with his own outfit, King Johnson. Meanwhile, brother Chris eventually settled on the bass, studying formally at the New England Conservatory and participating in recording and jam sessions, such as the one that lead to the formation of the genre-defying trio Medeski Martin & Wood.
To celebrate the release of the first single from Smoke Ring Halo, the band debuted a video for "Shoofly Pie", which features Zac Brown Band's Clay Cook, here.
The Wood Brothes were featured recently in a NPR Weekend Edition story about Mason Jar Music - a collective of creative types filming and recording artists in vacant buildings. Check it out
08/12 Nectar's Martha's Vinyard, Edgartown, MA
08/13 Narrows Center For The Arts, Fall River, MA
08/14 Grand Point North Festival, Burlington, VT
08/16 City Winery Back Parking Lot, New York, NY
08/17 Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis, MD
08/18 Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ
08/19 Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ
08/20 Levitt Pavilion, Westport, CT
08/21 Old Pool Farm, "Philadelphia Folk Festival"
08/26 South Island Field @ Governors Island, New York, NY
08/27 Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA
09/22 The State Room, Salt Lake City, UT
09/23 Swallow Hill - L2 Arts & Cultural Center
09/24 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
09/25 Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins, CO
09/27 The Waiting Room, Omaha, NE
09/28 The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS
09/29 Mojo's, Columbia, MO
09/30 The Bishop, Bloomington, IN
10/01 SPACE, Evanston, IL
10/02 Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI
10/04 The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI
10/05 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
10/06 Triumph Brewery, New Hope, PA
10/07 Barns At Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA
10/08 World Cafe Live at the Queen, Wilmington, DE
10/09 Devil's Backbone Brewing Co., Roseland, VA