Dates & Price
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Open Air Theatre
Reserved Seating: $28–$48
Gardens Preferred, Gardens Premium: $23–$43*
Ticket price includes all-day Gardens Admission
Tickets limited. Sell out likely.
American folk trio The Wood Brothers features brothers Oliver Wood on acoustic and electric guitars and Chris Wood on upright bass, along with Jano Rix on multiple instruments. The Wood Brothers’ latest album, One Drop of Truth, showcases the band’s dynamic artistic expression through styles ranging from plaintive country-folk to slide guitar funk.
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The Wood Brothers’ sixth album, One Drop of Truth (2018), dives headfirst into a deep wellspring of sounds, styles, and influences. The long-standing trio featuring brothers Oliver and Chris Wood along with Jano Rix deliver the plaintive, country-folk opening track River Takes The Town, which gives way to the Americana soul of Happiness Jones. The wistful ballad Strange As It Seems stands in stark contrast to Sky High, a Saturday night barnburner built upon stinging slide guitar funk. Seasick Emotions is rife with turmoil, yet Sparkling Wine is jaunty and carefree. The end result is undeniably The Wood Brothers’ most dynamic recording to date.
Building off the success of their previous studio album, Paradise (2015), which was dubbed by American Songwriter “the warmest, most sublime and occasionally rowdiest Wood Brothers release yet,” the band found themselves at a fortuitous crossroads. Following a tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band, high profile festival dates, and sold out headline shows, the band felt free from the cyclical album release, tour, write, record, and do-it-all-over-again pressures of the traditional music business. With all three members living in Nashville, affording easy access to each other and a wealth of local independent studios at their disposal, they started work in January of 2017 with a new approach.
The band recorded one or two songs a day, instead of the entire album all at the same time. They extended this approach to the mixing process, sending tracks to four different mixing engineers, each selected based on what the song demanded.
While the songs on One Drop of Truth achieve the goal of standing on their own, a few common themes did, inevitably, emerge. Water—whether in a teardrop, a storm, a river, or a libation—was being used as a metaphor in the search for truth and happiness. Chris Wood’s Seasick Emotion, one of two songs he sings on the collection, serves as a prime example, as it was written during a hurricane and at the same time the 2016 election was coming up. Album opener River Takes the Town takes on both figurative and literal meaning, as it was completed just as a series of hurricanes was decimating parts of the US.
Though emotional struggle is a recurring thread, so is the comforting truth of how much wisdom comes from the hard times. The song Happiness Jones was based on a news article Oliver Woods read about how our society is addicted to happiness, antidepressants, and the distorted “happy” reality social media can depict.
Fittingly titled, One Drop of Truth finds three musicians being true to themselves. At a point in their career where most artists would be looking to strategically position themselves for even greater commercial success, they instead turned to artistic expression in service of the muse. In chaotic times when honesty is in short supply and ulterior motives seem to always be at play, The Wood Brothers put faith in themselves and ultimately their audience by writing and recording a collection of songs that is honest and pure.
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