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Western Reserve Folk Arts Association

The Wood Brothers

  October 30, 2022 7:30 PM

Doors Open: 6:30 PM

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INDIVIDUAL: $31.00
MEMBERS: $31.00

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INDIVIDUAL / MEMBERS Public Onsale: September 9, 2022 10:00 AM to October 30, 2022 9:30 PM
Western Reserve Folk Arts Association is proud to announce The Wood Brothers will be performing Live at The Kent Stage on Sunday, October 30th at 7:30 PM.!  Celebrating their seventh studio album, “Kingdom in my Mind”, a recorded live audio to tape session, The Kent Stage is very excited for The Wood Brothers to make their return to our stage for the first time since 2015.

Get to know a little more about the creative process behind “Kingdom in my Mind” 

The Wood Brothers didn’t know they were making a record. Looking  back, they’re grateful for that. “If we had known, we probably would have been too self-conscious to play what we played,” reflects bassist/vocalist Chris Wood. “At the time, we just thought we were jamming to break in our new studio, so we felt free to explore all these different ways of performing together without worrying about form or structure. It was liberating.

”Recorded live to tape, those freewheeling, improvised sessions became a vast pool ofsource material from which The Wood Brothers would go on to draw ‘Kingdom In MyMind,’ their seventh studio release and most spontaneous and experimental collection yet. While on past records, the  band - Chris, guitarist/vocalist, Oliver Wood, and drummer/keyboardist  Jano Rix - would write a large batch of  songs and then record them all at once, ‘Kingdom’ found them retroactively carving tunes out of sprawling instrumental jam sessions like sculptors chipping away at blocks of marble. A testament to the limitless creativity of the unharnessed mind, the record explores the power of our external surroundings to shape our internal worlds (and vice  versa), reckoning with time, mortality, and human nature. The songs here find strength in accepting what lies beyond our control, thoughtfully honing in on the  bittersweet beauty  that  underlies  doubt  and  pain  and  sadness  with  vivid  character  studies and unflinching self-examination. Deep as the lyrics dig, the arrangements always manage to remain buoyant and light, though, drawing from across a broad sonic spectrum to create a transportive, effervescent blend that reflects the trio’s unique place in the modern musical landscape.

“My brother came to this band from the blues and gospel world, and my history was all over the map with jazz and R&B,” says Chris,  who first rose to fame with the pioneering trio Medeski  Martin &  Wood. “The idea for this group has always been to marry our backgrounds, to imagine what might happen if Robert Johnson and Charles Mingus had started a band together.”‘Kingdom In My Mind’ follows The Wood Brothers’ most recent studio release, 2018’s ‘One Drop Of Truth,’ which hit #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and garnered the band their first GRAMMY nomination for Best Americana Album. NPR praised the record’s “unexpected changes and kaleidoscopic array of influences,” while Uncut hailed its “virtuosic performances and subtly evocative lyrics,” and Blurt proclaimed it “a career-defining album.” Tracks from the record racked up roughly 8 million streams on Spotify alone, and the band took the album on the road for extensive tour dates in the US and Europe, including their first-ever headline performance at Red
Rocks, two nights at San Francisco’s legendary Fillmore (captured on their 2019 release, ‘Live At The Fillmore’), and festival appearances everywhere from Bonnaroo to XPoNential.

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