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Performing 'live' on BBC Radio Scotland at Celtic Connections


Rich Gal



North Carolina hotshots Woody Pines have wowed the crowds on both sides of the Atlantic and after many successful UK and Ireland tours are widely regarded as one of the most entertaining acts on the Americana circuit.

Whenever the next visit is announced, dates are always filled in record time.

Playing with a tight and joyous togetherness that comes from long stints on the road, these three compadres promise once more to deliver what The Scotsman described as “a rollicking and engagingly idiosyncratic” show.

Recently signed by Nashville’s Muddy Roots Records, they will have a brand new album to promote in 2015, produced by Grammy-winner Vance Powell, renowned as one of the best from studio work with the likes of Jack White, JD McPherson, Seasick Steve and Beck.

The trio’s distinctive bigger-than-three viper sound is beefed up by Skip Frontz Jnr on upright bass, adding both foot tappin’ low-end and rapid fire percussion with his red hot slap technique, and Brad Tucker on vintage electric guitar and vocal harmonies.

Maverick magazine praised the last album as “an intoxicating blend of rural and urban stringband, country blues, ragtime and jug band music”, and after they appeared before him at the big Nelsonville Folk & Blues Festival, Billy Joe Shaver, the top gun Outlaw Country legend came on stage and declared: “They’re the best damn band I’ve ever heard!”

The band has previously played big events such as Celtic Connections and Shetland Folk Festival, included for their “fiery moonshine spirit that sparkles with feelgood freshness”. After they appeared at the big midwinter musical jamboree in Glasgow, reviewer Rob Adams said: “They’ve got engine-like momentum but it’s a machine with a very human heart.”

After catching them in action on the south coast of England, American Roots UK said: “Go and see them, you won’t regret it”!

Stateside reviewers are full of praise for frontman Woody’s impeccable style too, No Depression stating "it’s like Willie Nelson singing a Johnny Cash Song in a 1930’s Alabama Juke-Joint.”
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