The Wood Brothers – featuring guitarist Oliver Wood (formerly of Atlanta blues/roots band King Johnson and, before that, Tinsley Ellis’ band), his bass-playing brother Chris Wood (Medeski, Martin & Wood) and multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix – are releasing a live album on Friday, January 13th.
Recorded in August at the late Levon Helm’s Woodstock, New York studio, Live at the Barn features eight original songs, plus a special cover song. The Wood Brothers’ show that night was their first “Midnight Ramble” (as shows at “the Barn” are known) since Helm’s passing in 2012, and they performed a version of The Band’s “Ophelia” as a tribute to close the set.
“We’re huge fans of Levon’s and count him as a big influence,” says Oliver, who named his son for after Helm. “Since we actually got to know him, his influence was more than musical – it was personal. He was one of those unique and powerful personalities, and I’ll always remember how gracious he was. We also got to know Levon’s daughter Amy quite well, and have had great tours and collaborations with her. She’s a beautiful soul just like her dad, and we have fond memories of playing with both of them in that barn.”
The Wood Brothers begin another nationwide tour on February 2nd in ——Philadelphia, but won’t find their way to Georgia until April 8th, when they play the Savannah Music Festival.