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Aaron Woody Wood / Press

"With elements of Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp and The Rolling Stones, Aaron "Woody" Wood has done something amazing with his self-titled album – he's transcended them all."

“His strength as a songwriter is better illustrated in “Hold Your Tongue” and Wood spins the lyrics out with obvious pleasure in the craft of it. His vocals truly take hold in “Speak Your Name” and it is easy to imagine that voice (which is reminiscent of Chris Robinson) mixing with the track’s organ over the collected masses at Bonnaroo or some such gathering. If the tape were left to run, the Wood’s backing band has the talent to sustain an extended jam on an anthem like “Speak Your Name.””

“The future of music lives inside of Aaron “Woody” Wood. So does music’s past. Now, with a new self-titled release as a solo artist, Aaron “Woody” Wood is bringing a futuristic approach to music that is as old as dirt. “I like to take traditional forms and turn them on their ears,” Woody says. “There just isn’t a whole lot of originality out there so I try to let each song guide me. Sometimes it has odd phrasings; sometimes the chorus isn’t the hook; sometimes the hook is the bridge—you just have to follow the song.” While excited about the possibilities for the future, Woody realizes that this is a difficult time for artists. After a moment of silence, he adds, “I just don’t think music is as important to people’s lives as it was 10 years ago.” “I’m hungry man; now more than ever! Not for some big hit, but just to make something that lasts!” Woody, my old friend, I don’t think you have to worry about that.”

Lee Miller - Local Color