Aaron “Woody” Wood has come into his own with the release of his self-titled album that cohesively ties together his influences of soul, R&B, blues, folk, and rock. The guitarist and singer-songwriter has been on the forefront of the Asheville music scene for more than 20 years, but always collaboratively, playing with blues and ragtime group The Blue Rags and performing as the lead guitarist and vocalist for Woody Wood and Hollywood Red. His debut solo album was recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studio in Asheville and released in April.
And you won’t be disappointed with the result—11 original songs ranging from upbeat, foot-stomping anthems of a rock star, such as “Coal Black Hair,” to poignant songs of loss and heartbreak. “Back Home” is a simple, sad waltz of drums, piano, and understated guitar, expressing his anguish in plain lyrics made powerful by his soulful voice: “You know I miss you, and I need you so bad. This is the most lonesome feeling any man could ever have.”
This fall, he’ll be touring the South. Catch him at Pack’s Tavern in Asheville on September 2. www.aaronwoodmusic.com