Woody Pines announces spring EU dates including Roots & Roses and Moulin Blues08-12-2016
If you’re wondering where the music of Nashville troubadour Woody Pines comes from, look to the streets. It was on the streets as a professional busker that Woody first cut his teeth, drawing liberally from the lost back alley anthems and scratchy old 78s of American roots music, whether country blues, jugband, hokum, or hillbilly.
Heavy rollicking street performances are the key to some of today’s best roots bands, like Old Crow Medicine Show, and they’re the key to Woody’s intensely catchy rhythms, jumpy lyrics, and wildly delirious sense of fun. Woody traveled all over the streets of this country, road testing his songs, drawing from the catchiest elements of the music he loved and adding in hopped-up vintage electrification to get that dancehall sound down right. This is gonzo folk music, the kind of raise-the-rafters, boot-shakin’ jump blues that used to be banging out of juke joints all over the South in the late 1940s, but now it’s burning into the earholes of a younger generation of Nashville kids, all looking for music with deep roots and something to hang on to.
It’s tempting to call Woody Pine’s newest music “rockabilly,” and in fact he recorded the new album at Sputnik Studios in Nashville, famous for recording rockabilly and psych-twang heroes JD McPherson, Jack White, and Sturgill Simpson. But it might be more accurate to call Woody’s new songs “hillbilly boogie;” a rarely remembered genre of American music made famous by the Delmore Brothers. Hillbilly boogie sits at the exact moment when the buzzed-out, electrified hillbilly country music of Appalachia, first hit the sawdust-floored honky-tonks of old Nashville and Memphis.
Happy to have Woody Pines return to Europe next spring for shows in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
26-04-2017: Hamburg (DE) @ Hafenbahnhof
28-04-2017: Crailsheim (DE) @ 7180 Bar
30-04-2017: Essen (DE) @ Soul Hell
01-05-2017: Lessines (BE) @ Roots & Roses Festival
02-05-2017: Dordrecht (NL) @ De Melkbus
03-05-2017: Essen (BE) @ Heuvelzicht
04-05-2017: Waardamme (BE) @ Cowboy Up
05-05-2017: Vlissingen (NL) @ Bevrijdingsfestival
06-05-2017: Ospel (NL) @ Moulin Blues