On stage, North Carolina singer-songwriter Woody Pines is old soul and a natural performer, storied and steeped in the best of American music.
Live, his group infuses a hundred years of American music into their performance – everything from early 20th century acoustic blues and Rock-a-billy, to the sounds of the White Stripes and The Black Keys. Maverick magazine has praised their “intoxicating blend of rural and urban stringband, country blues, ragtime and jug band music.”
Along with Gill Landry (now Old Crow Medicine Show), Woody Pines co founded the Kitchen Syncopators, a legendary busking street jugband from Eugene, Oregon. Since they disbanded, Woody has fronted this hot little combo with the same name and has become one of the busiest on the Stateside roots music circuit, winning accolades aplenty and praise from some of the giants of the Americana scene. He and Gill remained close buddies and together, they produced the band’s last full album, “Counting Alligators”, which won rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.
Woody’s recordings and live performances are full of stomp and swing, and jump and jive. It’s old-time feel-good music done by a young master who clearly understands that this kind of music was always about having a great time.
Last time they toured over in the UK, reviewers unanimously declared Woody Pines to be one of the most entertaining acts on the Americana circuit. This year, the four-piece returns with a brand new album to promote entitled “Rabbit’s Motel”. They’ll be kicking off their biggest ever UK and Ireland tour to date at the Shetland Folk Festival, promising once more to deliver what The Scotsman declared was “a rollicking and engagingly idiosyncratic” show.
Joining Woody Pines is writing companion, Felix Hatfield who keeps the rhythm crisp on washboard and plays a bit of banjo too. Former Squirrel Nut Zipper Henry Westmoreland adds tasty trumpet and occasional sax whilst Nate Lumbard completes the line-up, slapping that old stand up bass as if he was trying to beat a wet houndog dry.