With a pronounced Southern twang that belies his New Hampshire roots, Nashville-based troubadour Woody Pines has been making down-home music as both a solo performer and as frontman for the band that bears his name for more than a decade. This self-titled gem is his best record yet and may well be the one that helps Pines raise his profile considerably.
There’s a nice rockabilly vibe — or, as Pines calls it, “hillbilly boogie” — running throughout the efficient 11-track, 32-minute platter. Woody has honed his craft over the years, starting as a street busker in New Orleans before forming the band Woody Pines in 2008.
“This is Woody’s best solo album yet,” says Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor. “Full of the kinds of songs that make people gravitate towards roots music. He’s been at it for years. So it should come as no surprise that Wood Pines’ original songs have the depth of story that only a man who’s walked many miles carrying a battered guitar case can tell.”
Lid lifter “Anything for Love” sets the tone for the album, and Pines later taps into his inner John Prine on keeper “Little Stella Blue.” Additional standouts include “Make It to the Woods,” “New Nashville Boogie,” “Walking Stick,” “Delta Bound” and “Black Rat Swing.” Highly recommended. (Jeffrey Sisk)