There was a time when Woody Pines went out alone with resonator guitar to make a name for himself in Louisiana, then playing coast-to-coast across the USA.
He teamed up with Gill Landry (Old Crown Medicine Show) to form The Kitchen Syncopators and they made great music together for a couple of years.
These days Woody fronts this hot little combo with the same name, that has become one of the busiest on the Stateside roots music circuit, winning accolades aplenty and praise from some of the giants of the Americana scene.
He and Gill remained close buddies and together, they produced the band’s last album, Counting Alligators, which won rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic.
Playing and writing companion, Felix Hatfield keeps the rhythm crisp on washboard and plays a bit of banjo too, bringing his own brand of piz-zaz to the performance, and former Squirrel Nut Zipper Henry Westmoreland adds tasty trumpet and occasional sax to provide another layer of texture, popping in some sweet vocal harmonies. Nate Lumbard completes the line-up, slapping that old stand up bass as if he was trying to beat a wet houndog dry.
After seeing the band at the 2010 Nelsonville Folk & Blues Festival, Billy Joe Shaver, the top gun Outlaw Country legend declared: “They’re the best damn band I’ve ever heard!”
Woody Pines won legions of new fans when they last toured in the UK.
The Scotsman praised their ‘rollicking, engagingly idiosyncratic amalgam of American old-time, blues and jug band, the songs of Cajun queens, dusty highways and speakeasies informed not only by squalling harmonica and whumping bass but a conviction that makes them sound about six decades older than they really are.’
Maverick magazine praised their ’intoxicating blend of rural and urban stringband, country blues, ragtime and jug band music’ .
The band has been playing dates in America with one of our all-time favourite roots jam bands, Donna The Buffalo.
Now, that’s as rock solid as cred can be!