German and Benelux tour for Woody Pines kicking off next week20-04-2017
If you're wondering where the music of Nashville troubadour Woody Pines comes from, look to the street. It was on the streets as a professional busker that Woody first cut his teeth, drawing liberally from the lost back alley anthems and scratchy old 78s of American roots music, whether country blues, jugband, hokum or hillbilly.
Heavy rollicking street performances are the key to some of today’s best roots bands, like Old Crow Medicine Show (Woody and OCMS’ Gill Landry used to tour the country in their own jugband), and they’re the key to Woody’s intensely catchy rhythms, jumpy lyrics, and wildly delirious sense of fun.
It’s tempting to call Woody Pine’s newest music “rockabilly,” and in fact he recorded the new album at Sputnik Studios in Nashville, famous for recording rockabilly and psych-twang heroes JD McPherson, Jack White and Sturgill Simpson. But it might be more accurate to call Woody’s new songs “hillbilly boogie”; a rarely remembered genre of American music made famous by the Delmore Brothers. Hillbilly boogie sits at the exact moment when the buzzed-out, electrified hillbilly country music of Appalachia, first hit the sawdust-floored honky-tonks of old Nashville and Memphis.
At the end of the month Woody Pines is touring Europe playing clubs, pubs, a guitar store and several festivals:
25-APR: Berlin (DE) - Die Blaue Stunde
26-APR: Hamburg (DE) - Hafenbahnhof
26-APR: Mudau (DE) - Gris Gris Guitars
28-APR: Crailsheim (DE) - 7180 Bar
29-APR: Groningen (NL) - Rhythm and Blues Night
30-APR: Essen (DE) - Soul Hell
01-MAY: Lessines (BE) - Roots & Roses Festival
02-MAY: Dordrecht (NL) - De Melkbus
03-MAY: Essen (BE) - Heuvelzicht
04-MAY: Waardamme (BE) - Cowboy Up
05-MAY: Vlissingen (NL) - Bevrijdingsfestival
06-MAY: Ospel (NL) - Moulin Blues
07-MAY: Eindhoven (NL) - Rozenknopje