The Wood Brothers are musician siblings Chris and Oliver Wood. Chris was a founding member of Medeski Martin & Wood, and Oliver played second guitar with Tinsley Ellis before forming King Johnson. Their first studio album, Ways Not to Lose, was released in 2006 on Blue Note Records. Ways Not to Lose was the Amazon.com editors’ number one pick in folk for that year, and the album also made NPR’s “Overlooked 11” of 2006.
Oliver and Chris Wood grew up in Boulder, Colorado. Sons of a Poet and a Microbiologist, they both took up music. Oliver moved to Atlanta and became a southerner. Chris moved to New York City and became a Yankee. Now, after years of musical and geographical separation they have reunited.
While in Atlanta, Oliver soaked up the roots of blues, the soul of the south, and found he had a talent for writing and singing songs. His band, King Johnson (named after Freddy King and Robert Johnson) toured mostly in the southern states. Meanwhile, Chris was living in Manhattan playing everything from free jazz to rock and roll. This is where he met his band mates to form Medeski Martin & Wood.
Now The Wood Brothers have begun a collaboration that combines their shared childhood influences with everything they’ve learned since leaving home. Their music has a rootsy feel that blends blues, folk, and rock music in a guitar/bass duo.
The brothers’ new album, “Loaded” produced by John Medeski, was released on Blue Note Records, April 1, 2008.
These guys are definitely back-woodsy, very chill, lot of soul, wicked blues is a good way to describe it. You tube version sounds a little off, try to find some mp3.