March 24, 2010

THE SPIRIT OF 78:

Old-time sounds of the Deep South making a comeback thanks to Woody Pines (Jim Gilchrist, 3/25/10, The Scotsman)

IS WOODY Pines a closet time-traveller, or has he perhaps signed some Faustian pact enabling him to stay forever young? Strictly speaking, that question should be phrased "are Woody Pines", for the man and his band share the same name.

Problematical syntax apart, however, the question remains: how does a 30-year-old singer-songwriter living in North Carolina in 2010 manage to sound as if he had projected himself from a historic American Deep South of juke joints, Cajun queens and long dusty highways?

As I noted when I reviewed their current album, Counting Alligators, Pines's nasal holler, squalling harmonica and Nashville resonator guitar, accompanied by fiddle, drums and whumping bass, combines strands of old-time country blues, jug band music and Dixieland to such potent effect that you'd swear they were at least six decades older than they really are, recording for 78rpm shellac rather than CD or iTunes.

Woody Pines Live at Pickathon (Pendarvis Farm - Fir Meadows Stage, August 3, 2008)

MORE:
-INTERVIEW: program #172 - Woody Pines: Woody Pines joins us in the studio this week for five songs and a little chat. (pat radio, 10/06/09)

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Posted by Orrin Judd at March 24, 2010 8:09 PM
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