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The Wood Brothers – Heart Is The Hero

by Debra C. Argen
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The Wood Brothers – Heart Is The Hero is the band’s eighth studio album and is downright fabulous from start to finish. Joining band members Chris Wood, Oliver Wood, and Jano Rix, are special guest musicians Matt Glassmeyer on saxophone and Roy Agee on trombone. The 10-track Heart Is The Hero album is worth giving many a listen to and hits the streets on April 14, 2023.


The Wood Brothers – Heart Is The Hero

Heart Is The Hero: Pilgrim, Heart Is The Hero, Worst Pain Of All, Far From Alone, Between The Beats, Line Those Pockets, Mean Man World, Rollin’ On, Someone For Everyone, Kitchen Floor

Personnel: The Wood Brothers band members: Chris Wood: bass, harmonica, vocals; Oliver Wood: guitar vocals; Jano Rix: drums, percussion, shuitar, keyboards, vocals. Additional Musicians: Matt Glassmeyer: saxophone; Roy Agee: trombone

Heart Is The Hero was produced by Chris Wood, Oliver Wood, Jano Rix, and Brook Sutton and recorded at The Studio Nashville, in Nashville, Tennessee, and released on the Honey Jar/Thirty Tigers label. Chris Wood, Oliver Wood, and Jano Rix wrote all the songs on Heart Is The Hero, and co-wrote the title track, Heart Is The Hero with Maya De Vitry.

The Wood Brothers - phot by Shervin Lainez
The Wood Brothers
photo by Shervin Lainez

Chris and Oliver Wood are brothers, and their backstory is interesting; while both pursued musical careers, they did not join forces musically until 2001, and Jano Rix joined the band in 2011. Chris and Oliver grew up in Colorado, and Chris went on to study jazz at the New England Conservatory of Music, so their musical background goes deep and is genre multidirectional. Playing together for many years has tightened their sound, and the album is flawless with well-executed instrumentals and excellent harmonies throughout.

Heart Is The Hero is a 10-track album that includes a booklet with storytelling lyrics for listeners to fully appreciate each of the themes and nuances of the songs, and if you feel like it, to sing along. The album opens with the song, Pilgrim, which is high-octane, out-of-box fabulous with its blazing keyboards intro.

The title track Heart Is The Hero is in the number two spot on the album with Jano Rix laying down some great keyboards on this one with Chris Wood layering in the harmonica. The band brings on the funk on Worst Pain of All, then segues into Far From Alone. The lyrics are fabulous "…You may be lonesome, But you’re so far from alone…"

The band slows the pace on the track, Between The Beats, with easy guitar picking to complement the lyrics. Next on the playlist is Line Those Pockets about no matter where you are in life, we are all the same, and to "…line those pockets with grace…" Mean Man World is about bringing up a daughter in a changing world.

Rollin’ On has a stunning instrumental intro before sliding into the lyrics. There are great harmonies on this one that will have you singing along. Coming into the home stretch of the album, the band once again slows the pace on the lament, Someone For Everyone, which opens with the lyrics "They say there’s someone for everyone, So what about me…" The release closes with the track, Kitchen Floor, about leaving a song behind for someone to sing long after we are gone, leaving the listener in a contemplative, reflective mood.

Until next time, keep enjoying the music!

Watch The Wood Brothers – Heart Is The Hero Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2acxCJEXhs

Websites where you can purchase The Wood Brothers – Heart Is The Hero: The Wood Brothers Store, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more.

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