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Get to Know The Wood Brothers

September 11, 2014
The Wood Brothers

The Wood Brothers are (from left) Jano Rix, Oliver Wood, and Chris Wood.

The Wood Brothers are indeed brothers: Chris and Oliver Wood. They are joined by Jano Rix, a drummer and singer. The Wood Brothers are mix of influences from jazz to country to the blues. The result is a roots music sound that impresses not only the old school fans but wins over those who follow The Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons.

The Wood Brothers return to Charlotte Sept. 27 at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square.  Special guest is Chris Kasper. Tickets start at $18.50. Get yours today!

The group recently played the Lockn’ Festival in central Virginia featuring headliners such as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Phil Lesh and Friends, Willie Nelson and Wilco. The Wood Brothers then kicked off a jam-packed fall tour.

Based in Nashville, the brothers played in other bands before joining forces. Here’s what you need to know about The Wood Brothers before you go to the Sept. 27 show:

1. Chris Wood, who possesses extraordinary bass chops, studied at New England Conservatory of Music with some of the finest players in jazz. He is in Medeski Martin & Wood, a trio that specialized in jazz, funk and a myriad of musical styles.

2. Oliver Wood is a student of the electric blues guitar. Think “the Kings” (B.B., Albert and Freddie) and Albert Collins. He played in blues singer-guitarist Tinsley Ellis’ band for two years. Ellis kicked Oliver to the mic and told him to sing. Oliver later formed King Johnson (named for his heroes, the three Kings and Robert Johnson.

3. The brothers decided to give being band mates a shot after a gig in Winston-Salem. Oliver Wood sat in with Medeski Martin & Wood, and he found a remarkable chemistry – particularly with his brother, despite the fact that they had been on separate musical paths for some 15 years. “It was a creepy experience, like watching myself,” Chris Wood recalled. “He had a lot of the same impulses I did. Part of it was influences and part was blood.”

4. Rix, a drummer and ace-in-the-hole multi-instrumentalist, literally patented a percussion instrument, the “shuitar,” an acoustic guitar rigged up with tuna cans and other noisemakers, which, in his hands, becomes a veritable drum kit. The shuitar helped when the band picked Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” for The A.V. Club’s Undercover challenge in 2012.

5. The Wood Brothers’ fifth album, “The Muse,” was produced by the legendary Buddy Miller and recorded at Southern Ground Studios in Nashville. Paste magazine interviewed the band and Miller about the collaboration.

Don’t miss The Wood Brothers return to Charlotte on Sept. 27 at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square.  Tickets start at $18.50. Get yours today!

Click here to listen to “The Muse” on SoundCloud.

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