Muse

The Muse

by The Wood Brothers
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/2013
Label:
Southern Ground
UPC:
0816259010185
catalogNumber:
1
Rank:
23346

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
Zac Brown   Executive Producer
Chad Gibson   Art Direction
Evan Leavitt   Illustrations
Matt Tinsley   Art Direction

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