Dubbed “masters of soulful folk” by Paste magazine, the Wood Brothers released their debut studio album, Ways Not to Lose, in 2006. You would be forgiven at the time for expecting it to be something of a side project. Chris Wood already had legions of devoted fans for his incomparable work as one-third of Medeski Martin & Wood, while his brother Oliver toured with Tinsley Ellis before releasing a half dozen albums with his band King Johnson. Almost a decade later and with drummer Jano Rix added as a permanent third member, it has become quite clear that the Wood Brothers is indeed the main act.
In a career chock-full of highlights, the Wood Brothers hold a special place in their hearts for their performances at Levon Helm’s legendary Midnight Ramble. As repeat special guests at Helm’s famed Woodstock barn, the trio developed a cherished friendship with the late icon that transcended simple musical collaboration and left an indelible mark on their songs and their lives. That shared history made it all the more emotional when the Wood Brothers returned to the barn on August 19, 2016, for their first Ramble since Helm’s passing. Captured pristinely on their new album, Live at the Barn, the band’s sold-out performance that night spanned their career and showcased the kind of singularly eclectic and electrifying performance style that has earned them devoted legions of fans around the world.
There is so much warmth, soul and musicianship at a Wood Brothers show, it’s no surprise that the band’s audience keeps growing.
Masters of soulful folk