Woodbrain - Swimming in Turpentine (CD)
Release Date: 07/14/09
Deeply progressive, improvisational high-energy rock with a nod to Delta blues and other American roots.
With a guitar/harmonica/bass/drums line-up, Woodbrain might be mistaken for a typical blues collective -- at least until this fiery Portland, Oregon, foursome begins to play, when it quickly becomes apparent they are potentially an evolutionary force in the genre. Or several genres at once. Woodbrain's energy is incendiary; their music deeply rooted in tradition. And yet their songwriting and improvisation pull those roots in all kinds of directions informed by the generations of Son House, Jimi Hendrix, and John Coltrane. Without sacrificing an iota of heart or soul, their sound effortlessly skirts boundaries to reach blues, rock, Americana, and jam scene listeners alike. Like fellow roots-based new music trailblazers Derek Trucks, Medeski Martin & Wood, and Widespread Panic, it is the exhilaration of making music within a profound tradition, and yet without boundaries, that keeps Woodbrain's creative fires blazing.
|Label: YELLOW DOG RECORDS|
|Run Time: 61 mins|