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Forrest Hoffar / Bio

Woody is blossoming into a regional/national artist with all the appeal of an international entertainer. His songs are memorable, his lyrics are relatable, and his shows are filled with energy and personality.

Born in the town of Loxahatchee, Florida native Woody has a passion for music that sparked when he was just six years old, singing in an a cappella choir at his local church. Born with a natural vocal ability, Woody grew up with a variety of musical influences including gospel and jazz, with a strong country base influenced by legends such as Garth Brooks. This singer/songwriter explores a diverse selection of musical stylings, including rock, country, acoustic, folk, and blues, accompanied by soulful vocals and an energetic stage presence. His creative guitar riffs and unique vocal arrangements echo the sounds of Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews and Gavin Degraw.

Woody and the Nutcrackers have carved a niche for themselves as one of Tampa’s leading musical acts. They consistently headline at notable venues such as Skipper’s Smokehouse. In February 2012, the Tampa Bay Times featured the band in “Tampa’s Ultimate Local Music Guide”. Shortly after, Woody and the Nutcrackers headlined the Calusa Music and Arts Festival held in historic Ybor City and performed in Curtis Hixon Park’s Friday Extra Concert Series.

Since 2012, Woody shared the stage with several national acts including platinum recording artist Sister Hazel, Brandi Carlile, Andy Grammer, Michael Tolcher, and Rebecca Loebe. Taking the stage as a solo performer or with his backing band, Woody grabs the crowds attention and pulls each listener into his world.

Woody’s stripped production and soulful lyrics can be heard on his first solo album entitled "Paris" with Attic Records released internationally in August 2012. You can listen on Itunes, Spotify, Pandora, on Facebook, and at Reverb Nation and of course at one of his sensational live shows!!


General Info

Band Members
Forrest Hoffar Detwiler (Woody)
Artist Name
Forrest Hoffar
Home Page
Active Since
Singer Songwriter / Dirty Folk / Alternative

Contact Info

Tampa, FL
Kevin Lilly

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