THE WOOD BROTHERS
We are delighted to welcome The Wood Brothers back to our stage for the 20th annual Ossipee celebration. The trio includes Oliver Wood on electric and acoustic guitar, and lead vocal, Chris Wood on electric and upright bass, vocal, and sometimes harmonica, and Jano Rix on vocal, the affectionately named “shuit-tar” (an old beater guitar turned into an all purpose rhythm machine), drums, and keys.
Each musician has his own rich history–Chris Wood was a co-founder of the group Mediski Martin and Wood. Oliver Wood toured for many years with Tinsley Ellis. Jano Rix has been recognized as a formidable musician on the road and in the studio with Buddy Miller, Clay Cook, Mark Broussard and many more. As a trio they are magical, and they have been gaining recognition and fame–touring most recently with Tedeschi Trucks, selling out their own shows throughout the country, and headlining at large festivals and venues such as Red Rocks. Their incredibly powerful blend of acoustic and electric, of funk and soul, and of raucous and vulnerable, is the perfect fit for the headling spot to our 20th annual festival–nobody brings the mojo like The Wood Brothers!
Their latest and sixth album, ‘One Drop of Truth,’ dives headfirst into a deep wellspring of sounds, styles and influences. Whereas their previous outings have often followed a conceptual and sonic through-line, here the long-standing trio featuring brothers Oliver and Chris Wood along with Jano Rix treat each song as if it were its own short film. The plaintive, country-folk of the album’s opening track “River Takes The Town” gives way to the The Band-esque Americana soul of “Happiness Jones.” The stream of consciousness ballad “Strange As It Seems” floats on a cloud of ethereal beauty, standing in stark contrast to “Sky High”—a Saturday night barnburner built upon stinging slide guitar funk. “Seasick Emotions” is rife with emotional turmoil, yet “Sparkling Wine” is jaunty and carefree. The end result is undeniably The Wood Brothers’ most dynamic recording to date.