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The Wood Brothers With Special Guest Sean Mcconnell | Baton Rouge, LA | Varsity Theatre | December 11, 2017
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The Wood Brothers With Special Guest Sean Mcconnell
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The Wood Brothers are a musical duo consisting of brothers, Chris and Oliver Wood from Boulder, Colorado. Both brothers have had long and successful careers in their solo ventures: Chris is a founding member of the trio, Medeski, Martin & Wood, and plays the upright bass; meanwhile, guitarist and vocalist Oliver formed the blues band, King Johnson. The brother's pursued their own musical paths for over 15 years before deciding to collaborate together. Their debut album, “Ways Not to Lose” arrived in 2006 on Blue Note Records and showcased a blues/folk sound that the brothers harnessed and molded into their own evocative sound. The brothers grew up immersed in folk, blues, gospel, and country music – all of which has influenced their musical output. Rolling Stone Magazine describes the brother's music as a “sneakily deep inquiry into what it means to be alive, struggle with temptation, and every once in a while seek some truth.” The duo's second album, “Loaded” emerged in 2008 and saw the brother's embark on a national tour playing small venues in support of the record. Over the next four years the brother's produced three more albums and have continued to enjoy a steadily-growing fan base. Their most current offering, “Live: Volume One: Sky High” arrived in 2012 on Southern Ground Records.

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Brothers Oliver and Chris Wood -- the Wood Brothers -- grew up in Boulder, Colorado, and both left the area after graduating from high school, Oliver moving to Atlanta while Chris ended up in New York. Oliver, a guitarist, discovered he had a knack for writing songs and formed the blues-based King Johnson, which continues to do frequent gigs on the Southern circuit. Chris, a bassist, began playing jazz and rock in New York, eventually teaming up with John Medeski and Billy Martin to form the successful jazz-funk trio Medeski, Martin & Wood. The brothers began jamming together at family functions, and the duo's roots-inflected blend of blues, folk, and rock quickly took shape. They privately released the Live at Tonic EP, which was drawn from their first-ever public concert at New York's Tonic venue on March 5, 2005. Signed to Blue Note Records, the Wood Brothers released their debut album, Ways Not to Lose, in 2006. The album, which features drummer Kenny Wollesen on five tracks, was produced by John Medeski and recorded at Allarie Studios in Shokan, New York. The first in a proposed series of live releases, Live, Vol. 1: Sky High, appeared in the spring of 2012. The warm and wonderful The Muse, produced by Buddy Miller, arrived in the fall of 2013. Recorded at Black Keys guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach's East Eye Sound Studios, the Honey Jar Records-issued Paradise dropped in 2015. ~ Steve Leggett, Rovi

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The Wood Brothers are an Americana and blues band, and consist of real brothers Chris (Upright Bass) and Oliver Wood (Acoustic and electric guitars), as well as the recent addition of the multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix.

From early in their childhood in Boulder, Colorado, Chris and Oliver were steeped in American roots music. Their father, a molecular biologist, performed classic songs at camp fires and family gatherings, while their mother, a poet, instilled a passion for storytelling and turn of phrase. The brothers bonded over bluesmen such as Jimmy Reed and Lightnin' Hopkins, but their paths, musical and otherwise, would diverge. Oliver moved to Atlanta, where he played guitar in cover bands before earning a spot in Tinsley Ellis’s touring act.

At Ellis’s behest, Oliver began to sing and then founded King Johnson, a hard-touring group that released six albums of blues-inflected R&B, funk and country over the next 12 years. Chris, meanwhile, studied jazz bass at the New England Conservatory of Music, moved to New York City and, in the early 1990s, formed Medeski Martin & Wood (MM&W), which over the next two decades would become a cornerstone of contemporary jazz and abstract music.

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3353 Highland Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70802 (US)

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