24th October 2017

29.05.18 Mary’s finest: Matt Woods (us)

Matt Woods is an americana, country and southern roots songwriter from Knoxville, Tennessee who spends a hell of a lot of time on the road, playing his songs for anyone who cares to listen.  “Some folks call what I do Americana, but I have a hard time putting a label on things like that.  A lot of my songs are very much based in classic country music while others are grounded in straight forward and greasy rock’n’roll,” Woods explains.  “I write what is ready to come out and try to be as honest as I can about it.”


2016 brought the release of Woods’ 3rd full length studio album, How To Survive, which has been met with much critical acclaim and reached #62 on the Americana Music Chart . The self-produced album as recorded in Knoxville, Tennessee at Shed 55 Studios and features the talents of quite a few notable musicians such as Aaron Lee Tasjan on electric guitars, Jeremy Mackinder (Whitey Morgan and the 78s and Deadstring Brothers) on bass, Todd Beene (Lucero, Glossary, and Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie) on pedal steel, Liz Sloan (Urban Pioneers) on fiddle, and Kevin Hogle (Fifth on the Floor and 500 Miles To Memphis) on drums. Matt is currently touring the US in in support of the release and preparing for a fall European tour. Along the way, he has shared the stage with the likes of Chris Knight, Black Oak Arkansas, Bobby Bare, Frank Turner, Roger Alan Wade, Zac Brown, Drivin’ n’ Cryin’, Will Hoge, Roger Clyne (of The Refreshments), CAKE, Robbie Fulks, The White Buffalo, The Black Lillies and others.


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