During a short break in conversation at a lively Anchorage bar, you might hear a line or two from Jared Woods’ extensive list of original tunes.
“Got a red guitar to play blue songs/To break down doors, right or wrong,” lyrics from his song “Cold blood.”
Or maybe you’re lucky enough to catch an intimate coffee shop gig or even better a theatre show, in which case you might be even more impressed.
“When you whisper while you’re dreaming/I notice your accent’s almost gone,” he sings in “Driving into the sun.”
Whether you’ve enjoyed live music in Anchorage your whole life or you’re a visiting artist looking to hear some tunes before a short stint under the midnight sun, you can’t help but stop to appreciate Jared Woods for a moment.
He’s the type of talent Alaskans would proudly show off to friends in the rest of the US but would first consider hoarding for themselves. Anchorage fans often name him and his band (Woodrow) the town’s best in listeners’ choice competitions.
Woods’ grew up in Alaska and his time in jazz band and choir at East Anchorage High School inspired him to start writing songs. His first album, “Carnival Ride” (2000) was recorded while he attended music school in L.A. Woods now has several albums released and even more songs that have yet to be documented. But there’s never a shortage of opportunities to hear him play live. He gigs sometimes upwards of five times a week, mostly in the Anchorage vicinity.
“It comes down to me absolutely loving music,” Woods told the Anchorage Daily News. “It’s not a part-time thing for me. I can’t put it on a shelf, it will wake me up.”
Jared Woods, 34, resides in Spenard (Anchorage, Alaska) with his wife and son. He’s often seen driving a red Chevy Van or playing acoustic guitar while wearing Levis blue jeans and black Double H Boots. He’s got a big sound, a contagious laugh and a genuine love for those who listen.
“Carnival Ride” released January 2000
“Spilled Drinks and Starlight” released in March 2004
“Wren” released December 2006
"175 Terrace St." released May 2010
"Bonfire" released July 2012
Third Eye Blind, Son Volt, Leo Kottke, 311, Awolnation, John Gorka, Shawn Mullins, Erin McKeown, The Donnas, Hamell On Trial, Rose Polenzani, Steve Forbert, Maura O'Connell, Tony Moore (Cutting Crew), The Devil Whale, Andrew Norsworthy, Xavier Rudd, Patrick Sweany, Pierce Pettis, Marian Call, and Kate Earl
"He's got a big sound for a lone guy with a string instrument."
-Anchorage Daily News (Dec. '06)
From a review of a duo performance with Andrew Norsworthy:
"Andrew Norsworthy and Jared Woods present a show like no other. The passion with which they play their acoustic guitars thrusts you into a fury of emotional motivation, only to bring you back to an instant calm where the lyrics leave you in a haze of personal memories, easy to relate to and all too familiar. Everything about this duo is fine tuned to perfection, their vocal harmonies, the key changes, the tempo, the dynamics. These two are true musicians, living it, breathing it and on a seemingly never-ending tour to share it. This is their life."