Made up of brothers Chris and Oliver Wood, plus multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix, The Wood Brothers sit squarely at the crux of blues, rock, and bluegrass, equally improvisational and jamming as they are rocking. A stalwart on the Americana scene, the band spends most of their nights singing to strangers, something they’ve become addicted to – not for attention it draws but rather for the connection they feel with their audiences. And it’s this desire for human connection that shapes the songs on their new album ‘Paradise’, out October 2 on Honey Jar Records/Thirty Tigers.
From early in their childhood in Boulder, Colorado, Chris and Oliver were steeped in American roots music. Oliver moved to Atlanta, where he played guitar in cover bands before earning a spot in Tinsley Ellis’s touring act. Chris moved to New York City and, in the early ‘90s, formed Medeski Martin & Wood, which over the next two decades would become a cornerstone of contemporary jazz and abstract music.
‘Paradise’ is the band’s most rocking and collaborative collection to date. The album features a number of firsts for the band including their first recording session at Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound, the first time they’ve written an album collectively with all three members in the same room, and the first of the band’s recordings to feature bassist Chris Wood on electric bass.
‘Paradise’ follows the band’s acclaimed 2013 release ‘The Muse,’ which was recorded almost entirely live around a tree of microphones in Zac Brown’s Southern Ground studio. Hailed previously by the New York Times for their “gripping” vocals and by the LA Times for their “taught musicianship,” the brothers found the live setting to be a remarkable showcase for their live chemistry and charismatic magnetism. But when it came time to record ‘Paradise,’ their fifth studio album, the band knew the music called for a different approach.
The Wood Brothers are currently on a national headlining tour with stops at Carnegie Hall, Americana Music Festival and more.
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