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Live Review: The Wood Brothers & Sean McConnell Played The Stone Pony

Phil Shepherd November 8, 2017 Live, Reviews No Comments

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The Stone Pony was near capacity Tuesday night as Nashville’s, The Wood Brothers stopped by for a visit. The customary three song, in front of the barricade rule was in effect this night and after I was done my trigger finger remained very itchy for the rest of the set. The traveling trio gave us an incredibly diverse set and there were definitely moments I would have loved to capture. The special spot behind the soundboard was even taken up by partiers and their cell phones. Great fun regardless and for a Tuesday night it was amazing.

The Brothers, Oliver and Chris and longtime drummer/percussionist Jano Rix are steeped in musical influence from Jazz to Country to Rock and they have blended their styles and melded them into a fierce Americana, southern folky soul-fest of heartfelt appreciation for all things good in the music world. The sound I took out of the night out reminded me most of Little Feat. With great use of harmonies and groove you could not help but dance in the space you had, more like a sway though, it was sardine central.  Stand up bass, a frying pan in lieu of a cowbell and the good old steel guitar and slide bar, to me, says more towards our country than the commercially advertised baseball and apple pie.

These guys have a great back story, a long story short, they started their careers in totally different directions before they came together. You just never know the good things that are right next door, you just need to figure them out first. I can totally see this though, each making their own path in becoming who they are and then reuniting to make a magical story come true.

Solo act Sean McConnell took the opener as he travels with The Wood Brothers for the next month or so. Providing his own folky masterpieces to warm up the crowd for the night, Sean joined in with the Brothers for a song as well to everyone’s enjoyment.

Maybe it is just my Tennessee roots coming through but we need more of this in our area, or maybe just I do. If the night’s attendance was any indication of that thought though, I would say the former.

The choice selections from the evening:

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The Wood Brothers:

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