The Wood Brothers – 3/1 – Bowery Ballroom (New York, NY)

wood_brothersSeparately, Oliver Wood and Chris Wood are their own great musicians. Chris, having studied with some of the finest jazz players, rules on the bass. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he met keyboardist named John Medeski. Chris moved to New York with Medeski and they joined up with percussionist Billy Martin to form the jazz trio Medeski Martin and Wood. Oliver Wood went to the University of California at Santa Cruz for a bit before moving down south to Atlanta. The guitarist took an interest in blues and R&B, covering Motown and other R&B classics. Oliver and bass player Chris Long then joined up to form blues band King Johnson. Take the musical chops and experience of Chris and combine it with the musical chops and experience of Oliver and you’ll get the Wood Brothers. In his review of the duo’s newest release, Live, Volume Two: Nail & Tooth, our own writer Eric Russ described the brothers as “a rootsy, gospel duo that is pure, unadulterated positive energy.” But you’ve got to feel that energy for yourself. Check out the Wood Brothers as they hit the Bowery Ballroom on March 1. You can read the rest of Russ’ review in the March/April issue of Elmore

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