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Damon Wood's Harmonious Junk / Bio

“Though Damon Wood's Harmonious Junk never indulges too long in overblown solos or meandering instrumentals on Sirens and Pipers, it's not a stretch to see why the trio has garnered so many accolades in the jam world. There's no shortage of soaring, epic guitar work here, from Wood's high-register, Frank Zappa-like riffs on the album's opener, "Infatuation," to the acoustic lines on "Just You and Some Friends and Me," which recall the best unplugged guitar work of Dean Ween. The complex polyrhythms and metaphysical imagery on "The Phoenix," meanwhile, will feel instantly familiar to any Phish fan. It's impressive how Wood and company fit the nods to their ambitious influences into such a compact framework: No song is longer than four and a half minutes, resulting in a record that hints at lengthy jams but instead manages a rare display of self-control and brevity.”
- A.H. Goldstein, Westword Magazine (Aug 08, 2013)

“By the Swami The Colorado Music scene is once again rewarded with renowned guitarist Damon Wood. His latest album is a vehicle of new creativity in the “Jamband” arena. Most don’t know that Wood was a touring guitarist with Rock n’ Roll hall of famer James Brown for 7 years and it is evident of his experience throughout his latest disc, Sirens and Pipers. Showing amazing diversity, Wood and crew (Brian Efros on bass and Rob Buehler on drums) proliferate a mix of Funk, Reggae, Rock and Jam into a very friendly ride for ear. Self produced, the quality of the recording is top notch, artwork and overall presentation (any artist that includes a SECOND disc of info is a friend of all media) is pro-level. Wood’s solos, crafty rhythms, and knowledge of song structure are obvious and very well done. This is must have disc for the road-trip, chilling with friends, or just for attitude adjustment in a good way. Wood knows how to make you feel good about yourself, and rightfully so, because you deserve it!”
- The Swami, Colorado Music Buzz (Sep 01, 2013) ” Colorado Music Buzz Magazine

“Damon Wood spent seven years playing behind The Godfather Of Soul, James Brown. While it was a dream gig in many ways, it didn’t give Wood the chance to play his own music. So in 2001, while still with Brown, Wood formed Harmonious Junk. With Sirens and Pipers, the group’s third self-produced album, the eclectic funk and jam-heavy roots of the group give way to tighter, more modern rock flavor with peppier, more direct tunes that are less exploratory — no track on the disc is over five minutes in length. It’s a crucial development for the band that was somewhat lost in the jammy seas. These new tracks still showcase Wood and company’s ability to shred, but they take it down a notch so that the talent doesn’t get overshadowed by the arrangements. 3.5 out of 5 stars.” - The Marquee (Nov 01, 2013)

General Info

Band Members
Damon Wood-Guitar & Vox, Brian Efros-Bass, Rob Buehler-Drums
Artist Name
Damon Wood's Harmonious Junk
Home Page
Active Since
Rock / Psychedelic / Jazz

Contact Info

Denver, CO
Damon Wood

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