“Woody Pines brings that low-key street corner style of performance to his stage show, but with all the polish and seasoned professionalism of tour-bus-and-green-room rock stardom.” ~ Ali Marshall, Mtn Xpress
No stranger to fans of the new folk music coming from all corners of the USA. Alongside artists like Old Crow Medicine Show and Pokey LaFarge, Woody Pines continues to forage thru the secret world of old 78′s and to write new chapters in the Anthology of American Music. Integrating sounds from Leadbelly to Bob Dylan, from Woodie Guthrie to Preservation Hall, Woody Pines belts out songs of fast cars, pretty women and hard luck with a distinctive vintage twang.
There’s a rambler at the heart of Woody Pines, a rounder nestled into the heart of his music. It’s the kind of rambler that motored Robert Johnson’s car, the vagabond spirit that pushed Kerouac on frenetic road trips across the US, the aimless soul that rode trains with Woody Guthrie. This trickster character is the very core of American roots music, and Woody Pines knows it well. His songs are filled with these characters: wandering broken hearts, swaggering pimps, crusty hobos, but he himself has lived these stories. Woody’s journey has taken him from street corners and smoky bars to folk festivals and the Grand Ole Opry, but he started with Bob Dylan.
As a child, unable to read music, he made up new tunes from the Bob Dylan songbooks around his house. Later, he hitchhiked with a friend to visit his heroes such as Pete Seeger, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Utah Philips. By the age of nineteen, he’d already played in forty-nine states. Since then he’s lived as a street performer in New Orleans, wandered the West Coast leading the legendary underground jugband The Kitchen Syncopators, set up home in a trailer in Asheville and now Nashville, and cut four solo albums full of his wickedly inventive musings on American roots music. His last album, You Gotta Roll, was lauded by No Depression as “old-time feel-good music done by a young master who clearly understands that this kind of music was always about having a great time,” and Pop Matters, who declared it “a delightful vintage Americana romp.”
The distinctive viper sound is brought together with Shawn Supra on the upright bass, adding both the booty shakin’, low-end and rapid fire percussion with his sought after slap technique that has blown people away night after night. Brad Tucker on the vintage electric guitar and vocal harmonies fills out the trio, working his magic to make the band sound bigger then they are. Working hard in the studio, on the road, and on the songwriting front-line, we are looking forward to seeing what this great band does next.
Shawn Supra: Born in Houston Tx. , into a music loving family, Shawn Supra was raised on what is now called Americana music. The sounds of Bob Wills, George Jones, and Hank Williams formed a taste of music that is full of tradition. This traditional taste saw him gravitate toward learning the upright bass in his teenage years and seeking out others that could help him recreate the music that he loves. This journey has afforded him the opportunity to work with some of the genres’ most notable torchbearers (Kim Lenz, Wayne Hancock, Chuck Mead, Rosie Flores, Wanda Jackson, and Bob Wooton and The Tennessee Three just to name a few and brought him to some of the most revered stages in the world like the Grand Ol’ Opry and Lincoln Center.
Brad Tucker: Born in West Tisbury Massachusetts was raised by a musical family seasoned by the sounds of legends such as: Doc Watson, Blind Willie Mctell, Bill Monroe, assorted Motown, and Chess records artists, among many others. Tucker picked up a very early interest in the guitar, and was banging on his fathers old D-18 like a drum, before he spoke his first word. Tucker has had the fortune to play alongside artists such as James, Kate, And Livingston Taylor, Arlen Roth, George Porter Jr., Willy Mason, Bruce Molsky, Dan Akyroyd, Jim Belushi, Danny Kortchmar, Carly Simon, and many other artists. Tucker’s early interest in acoustic music (mainly country/delta blues and traditional bluegrass) morphed in to a liking for many diverse genres of music, thus propelling him to live in a number of different cities before settling in to East Nashville, TN.