May 22, 2018
“Woody sounds like Willie Nelson singing a Johnny Cash song in a 1930’s Alabama juke joint! Wildly addicting!” (No Depression)
Tuesday 22nd May 2018
The Square Tower
Doors Open 7.15pm. Show Starts 7.45pm.
Tickets £14 each (£16 on the door if not sold out).
Online Tickets For The Portsmouth Show: www.wegottickets.com/event/424899
Wednesday 23rd May 2018
The Studio @ The Petersfield School
Doors Open 7.00pm. Show Starts 7.30pm.
Tickets £14 each (£17 on the door if not sold out).
Online Tickets For The Petersfield Show: www.wegottickets.com/event/424900
“When showtime comes, you just know these guys will rip it up!” (Acoustic magazine)
Physical Tickets for the Portsmouth show – available in Pie & Vinyl, Castle Rd, Southsea, Southsea Gallery in Albert Rd, OR Harbour Records in Emsworth.
Physical Tickets for the Petersfield show – available in One Tree Books, Lavant Street, Petersfield OR Vinyl Matters in Chapel Street, Petersfield.
You can also send a cheque for the required amount of tickets (made payable to Ken Brown), along with a SAE, to our address. If in doubt then please phone the box office on 02392 382888.
Here at Square Roots towers we’re simply thrilled to be able to host 2 shows (!!) for the downright wonderful Woody Pines – AGAIN! On their last visit to European shores last year, these guys did indeed ‘rip it up’ leaving reviewers all over the country frothing at the gills, so naturally we’re very excited that they’ve chosen to come and play for us once more in the historic surrounds of the Square Tower and for our supporters further up the A3 in Petersfield in The Studio @ TPS. Their show at the Tower last year was completely sold out with a very long waiting list and we know this one is going to be just as busy, so as always we’d recommend you getting tickets early for both shows. Heck, some of you may even fancy doing both!!
And if you’re wondering where the music of Nashville troubadour Woody Pines comes from, then look to the streets! It was on the streets as a professional busker that Woody first cut his teeth, drawing liberally from the lost back alley anthems and scratchy old 78’s of American roots music, whether country blues, jugband, hokum or hillbilly. Heavy, rollicking street performances are the key to some of todays best roots bands, like Old Crow Medicine Show (Woody and OCMS’ Gill Landry used to tour the country in their own jugband), and they’re the key to Woody’s intensely catchy rhythms, jumpy lyrics, and wildly delirious sense of fun. Woody travelled all over the streets of the States road testing his songs, drawing from the catchiest elements of the music he loved and adding in a hopped-up vintage electrification to get that old country dancehall sound down right.
“Woody Pines is the best band I ever heard in my life, I swear! I’m their biggest fan now!” (Billy Joe Shaver)
This is gonzo folk music, the kind of raise-the-rafters, boot-shakin’ jump blues that used to be banging out of juke joints all over the South in the late 40’s. It’s tempting to call his newest music rockabilly, but it might be more accurate to call his new songs “hillbilly boogie”, a rarely remembered genre of American music made famous by the Delmore Brothers. Hillbilly boogie sits at the exact moment when the buzzed-out, electrified hillbilly country music of Appalachia first hit the sawdust-floored honky tonks of old Nashville and Memphis. It was the moment exactly before the birth of rock ’n’ roll.
When Woody Pines sings “when the train rolls by, I get a faceful of rain”, this isn’t some hipster dilettante twisting a faux-handlebar moustache and singing about old-time railroads, this is a dedicated student of Woody Guthrie who used to hop freight trains to get from town to town.
This is serious roots music that’s as much a way of life as an aesthetic choice. This music isn’t for dabblers, you gotta feel it in your bones. Let Woody Pines help!
What The Critics Say:
“Fiery moonshine spirit that sparkles with feelgood freshness!” (Maverick Magazine)
“This is a band that draws followers from a wide spectrum, thanks to a depth of character repertoire-wise that covers everything from ragtime and roots-of-Country material to country blues and rockabilly. We can guarantee that it’s always a lively night when Woody Pines come to town!” (Brookfield Knights)
“An intoxicating blend of rural and urban stringband, country blues and jug band music!” (Maverick Magazine)
“Woody Pines brings together a respectful interpretation of ole timey American music while peppering in some original material influenced by a wide array of traditional music. The music is energetic, fun, and artfully rendered!” (Shaker Steps)
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