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THE WOOD BROTHERS

Friday, July 12, 2019, 2:30 AM


Its the freest album weve done, the most independent album weve done, and was the most fun weve ever had making a record, says Oliver Wood. And most importantly, this is the most purely Wood Brothers album weve ever made.Indeed, The Wood Brothers sixth outing, One Drop of Truth, dives headfirst into a deep wellspring of sounds, styles and influences. Whereas their previous outings have often followed a conceptual and sonic through-line, here the long-standing trio featuring brothers Oliver and Chris Wood along with Jano Rix treat each song as if it were its own short film. The plaintive, country-folk of the albums opening track River Takes The Town gives way to the The Band-esque Americana soul of Happiness Jones. The wistful ballad Strange As It Seems floats on a cloud of stream of consciousness, standing in stark contrast to Sky Higha Saturday night barnburner built upon stinging slide guitar funk. Seasick Emotions is rife with turmoil, yet Sparking Wine is jaunty and carefree. The end result is undeniably The Wood Brothers most dynamic recording to date.Often, when youre making an album in the traditional way, there will be a unifying concept, whether that be in the approach to the music stylistically or lyrically in terms over the overall narrative. And even though there are some themes that revealed themselves later, this one is all over the place, explains Oliver Wood. What I really love about this record is that each one of these songs has its own little world. There are diver-se sounds and vibes from one track to the next.Building off the success of their previous studio album, 2015s Paradise, which was dubbed the warmest, most sublime and occasionally rowdiest Wood Brothers release yet, by American Songwriter, the band found themselves at a fortuitous crossroads. Following a tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band, high profile festival dates and sold out headline shows, the band felt free from the cyclical album release, tour, write, record and do-it-all-over-again pressures of the traditional music business. With all three members living in Nashville affording easy access to each other and a wealth of local independent studios at their disposal, they started work in January of 2017 with a new approach. Instead of going into one studio and recording it all at the same time, we picked a couple studios, and started to experiment, says Chris Wood. Sometimes wed just make demos of songs to see if we got anything we liked. There was no pressure, and that really freed us up. We just did one or two songs a day, put it aside, let the songs simmer, and then wed have a fresh perspective on what was working or not working. You need time to go by to gain objectivity.The band extended this approach to the mixing process, sending tracks to four different mixing engineers, each selected based on what the song demanded. Scotty Hard (whos worked extensively with Medeski Martin & Wood, among others) was recruited for the edgier, funkier tunes, Sky High and Happiness Jones. Mike Poole (who worked on The Wood Brothers album The Muse) mixed Sparkling Wine and Strange As It Seems. Their old friend Brandon Belle from Zac Browns studio Southern Ground took on Laughin Or Crying. The remainder of the album was mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Trina Shoemaker, especially sought after by The Wood Brothers for her work with Brandi Carlile.While the songs on One Drop of Truth achieve the goal of standing on their own, a few common themes did, inevitably, emerge. Waterwhether in a teardrop, a storm, a river or a libationwas being used as a metaphor in the search for truth and happiness. Chris Woods Seasick Emotion, one of two songs he sings on the collection serves as a prime example: All the blue sky is gone / How can I get out of bed / This hurricane in my head / Im just a boat in a storm / How can I know where to go / When everything that I know / Is already lost in the wind.That one was written last fall during a hurricane, while at the same

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