The Muse

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The Wood Brothers are hard to pin down -- they play a sort of Americana version of jazz, or country with an edge, or folk with some rhythmic bite, or maybe secular gospel with a touch of swing. At their best, they create the best blend of vernacular American roots music since the Band folded, and while there are a lot of neo-Americana bands out there who critics keep claiming sound like the Band, well, these guys actually do. The Buddy Miller-produced The Muse is their fourth album, and while the previous three releases were pretty darn great, this one is arguably even better, a step forward into a fuller, rounder, and more complete sound, anchored, as always, by Chris ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The Wood Brothers are hard to pin down -- they play a sort of Americana version of jazz, or country with an edge, or folk with some rhythmic bite, or maybe secular gospel with a touch of swing. At their best, they create the best blend of vernacular American roots music since the Band folded, and while there are a lot of neo-Americana bands out there who critics keep claiming sound like the Band, well, these guys actually do. The Buddy Miller-produced The Muse is their fourth album, and while the previous three releases were pretty darn great, this one is arguably even better, a step forward into a fuller, rounder, and more complete sound, anchored, as always, by Chris Wood's wonderful acoustic basslines (his day job is playing bass for Medeski, Martin & Wood) and Oliver Wood's backwoods vocal style and sharp, literate songwriting skills. This album is a gem, opening with the best song yet by the Band that wasn't written or recorded by the Band, "Wastin' My Mind," and continuing the feel with "Neon Tombstone," "Honey Jar," "Sweet Maria" (a bit of folk cabaret, really), the barroom ballad shuffle "I Got Loaded," and the set closer, "Firewater," which comes complete with a boozy horn section that makes it sound like an outtake from the Band's Rock of Ages. The Wood Brothers aren't the second coming of the Band, of course (such a thing will most likely never happen), but they draw on the same wellspring of blues, gospel, folk, country, and R&B to arrive in a similar place, suggesting a rural America where myths are born and made real with music, a place where current fashion is useless, a place where a trip to the local juke for some backwoods jazzy honky tonk gospel blues is nigh near a trip to Heaven.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/1/2013
  • Label: Southern Ground
  • UPC: 816259010185
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 3,281

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wastin' My Mind (2:59)
  2. 2 Neon Tombstone (4:54)
  3. 3 Sing About It (3:41)
  4. 4 Honey Jar (3:58)
  5. 5 The Muse (3:20)
  6. 6 Keep Me Around (3:38)
  7. 7 Sweet Maria (4:18)
  8. 8 I Got Loaded (4:03)
  9. 9 Who the Devil (4:08)
  10. 10 Losin' Streak (4:12)
  11. 11 Firewater (4:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Wood Brothers Primary Artist
Steven Herrman Trumpet, Cornet, Guest Appearance
Jim Hoke Saxophone, Guest Appearance
Buddy Miller Guitar (Baritone), Guest Appearance
Chris Wood Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Vocals
Oliver Wood Guitar, Vocals, Mandocello
Bill Huber Trombone, Bass Trombone, Guest Appearance
Jano Rix Percussion, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Melodica
Regina McCrary Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Anne McCrary Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Jim Hoke Horn Arrangements
Buddy Miller Producer
Mike Poole Engineer
Chris Wood Composer
Oliver Wood Composer
Jano Rix Composer
Andrew Mendelson Mastering
Zac Brown Executive Producer
Chad Gibson Art Direction
Evan Leavitt Illustrations
Matt Tinsley Art Direction
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