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: 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
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
photo by Shervin Lainez
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.
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.
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..."
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
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,
time, keep enjoying the music!
Wood Brothers - Heart Is The Hero Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2acxCJEXhs
where you can purchase The Wood Brothers - Heart Is The Hero: The Wood
Brothers Store, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more.
information on The Wood Brothers, please visit: www.thewoodbros.com
Wood Brothers tour information, please visit: www.thewoodbros.com/tour-dates
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