THE WOOD BROTHERS
WITH CLAY COOK (OF THE ZAC BROWN BAND)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8TH, 2010
THE MOD CLUB THEATRE – TORONTO
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For Chris and Oliver Wood, music has always been a family affair. Raised in Boulder, Colorado by a Harvard-trained microbiologist father and a poet mother, The Wood Brothers grew up immersed in music. Their father was part of the late 1950’s Boston-Cambridge folk revival scene and played with Joan Baez and introduced his sons to the world of folk and country music.
The Wood Brothers wrote and played together growing up, then wound up on divergent paths in pursuit of their individual music careers. Oliver moved to Atlanta where he embraced the blues/rock music scene and fronted the band King Johnson, while Chris ended up in the vibrant, underground music scene of New York City and is bassist and one third of the improvisational trio, Medeski Martin & Wood.
It wasn’t until 2003, when Chris and Oliver shared the same stage as part of a King Johnson/Medeski Martin & Wood double bill, that they realized there was potential for a duo project. As Chris recalls, “Oliver sat in with us – he just played guitar, didn’t sing but he was so good and so familiar. Even though we’d been pursuing music in two very different worlds, we shared a perspective that made our collaboration feel really natural.”
For The Wood Brothers, the blues offer solace from downheartedness; there’s a soulful quality in their work that grows increasingly compelling (and comforting), the more familiar their songs become. The Wood Brothers continue to tour extensively (most recently supporting k.d. Lang, Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers and Levon Helm) and are gathering material for their next studio record.
Be sure not to miss The Wood Brothers when they play The Mod Club on December 8th!