The Wood Brothers have announced 'Live at the Fillmore,' the latest edition to an ongoing series of concert recordings. Due September 6 via Honey Jar/Thirty Tigers, the 14-track collection presents highlights from the band's two night stand at the historic San Francisco venue earlier this year. An essential addition to their discography, 'Live At The Fillmore' will be available on vinyl and digital formats. The album's first single "Keep Me Around" is available today to stream and share, while also available to pre-order.
Hailed by NPR's Mountain Stage as "one of the most exciting bands to experience live," it's fitting that The Wood Brothers—guitarist Oliver Wood, bassist Chris Wood, and drummer Jano Rix—continue to present their extensive catalog of songs in the live album setting. Having built their reputation on the kind of exhilarating performances that defy easy categorization, the trio’s delivery lives at the intersection of arena energy and theater intimacy, with songs that threaten to blow the roof off the joint one minute and bring a tear to your eye the next. At every turn, the band gleefully subverts expectation, surprising even themselves at times as they blur the lines between folk and rock, blues and funk, traditional and trailblazing.
"That room just feels like a classic from the moment you arrive," Oliver Wood says of the iconic space. "All of our heroes have performed there at one time or another, and it's really special to be able to walk in their footsteps. It inspires us every we time we get on that stage."
'Live at the Fillmore' finds The Wood Brothers rising to meet the history of the room, feeding off their fans' wild enthusiasm to present a career-spanning set that showcases both their airtight harmonies and peerless musicianship. Rix simultaneously plays keyboards and drums to stunning effect on soulful show opener "Blue and Green" and a driving cover of Jimmy Reed's "Big Boss Man," while Oliver moves effortlessly between blistering Delta slide guitar on "Sky High" and tender acoustic fingerpicking on "Keep Me Around" and Chris' sinuous upright bass shines on "River Takes The Town" and kicks into overdrive on the mind-bending "Atlas." Tracks like the breezy "Chocolate On My Tongue" and timely "Can't Look Away" (a rarely-played deep cut with candid social commentary), take on new life with adventurous, extended improvisations, and reimagined versions of Tommy Johnson's "Big Road Blues" and Charles Wright's "Express Yourself" flow seamlessly in and out of the band's original material.
"The longer we play together, the more we can read each other's thoughts and anticipate each other's musical choices, so we're always evolving and reinventing aspects of our show," says Chris. "The venue we're performing in plays a big part in all of that, too. We made our last live album at Levon Helm's barn, which is a very small, intimate place, but The Fillmore's much bigger, and you canreally hear that reflected in the scale of these performances."
'Live at the Fillmore' follows The Wood Brothers' most recent studio release, 2018's critically lauded 'One Drop Of Truth,' which garnered a GRAMMY Award-nomination for Best Americana Album. Tracks from the record racked up roughly 8 million streams on Spotify alone, while the band took the album on the road for extensive tour dates in the US and Europe. The Wood Brothers will remain on the road through the end of 2019. Upcoming performances include their first-ever headline appearance at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 5 and a headline tour through the Midwest and Texas beginning in November. That tour also marks the start of a partnership with Thistle Farms in which $1 from every ticket sold will go towards helping women survivors recover and heal from trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Thistle Farms is a nonprofit social enterprise based in Nashville, TN, providing a safe place to live, a meaningful job, and a lifelong sisterhood of support.
'LIVE AT THE FILLMORE'
1. Blue And Green
2. Sky High
3. Snake Eyes
4. Keep Me Around
6. Chocolate On My Tongue
7. Big Road Blues
8. Sparkling Wine
9. River Takes The Town
11. Big Boss Man
12. Happiness Jones / Express Yourself
13. Can't Look Away
THE WOOD BROTHERS
8/16 - Jackson Hole, WY - Jackson Hole Live *
8/17 - Big Sky, MT - Moonlight MusicFest
8/19 - Crystal Bay, NV - Crystal Bay Club Casino
8/20 - San Rafael, CA - Terrapin Crossroads (Sold Out)
8/21 - San Rafael, CA - Terrapin Crossroads (Sold Out)
8/22 - San Jose, CA - City National Civic **
8/24 - Jacksonville, OR - Britt Festival Pavilion **
8/25 - Seattle, WA - Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheatre **
8/27 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House **
8/28 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden **
9/5 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre ^
9/8 - Chattanooga, TN - Moon River Music Festival (Sold Out)
9/21 - East Aurora, NY - Borderland Music and Arts Festival
10/16 - Pensacola FL - Vinyl Music Hall
10/17 - Ponte Vedra, FL - Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
10/18 - Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
10/19 - Greensboro, NC - The Carolina Theatre
10/20 - Black Mountain, NC - Leaf Festival
10/25 - Placerville, CA - Hangtown Music Festival
11/7 - Roanoke, VA - Shaftman Performance Hall ^^
11/8 - Highlands, NC - Highlands Food & Wine Festival ^^
11/9 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall ^^
11/10 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre ^^
11/12 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant ^^
11/13 - Kansas City, MO - The Truman ^^
11/14 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue ^^
11/15 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre ^^
11/16 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue ^^
12/3 - Baton Rouge, LA - Manship Theatre ^^^
12/4 - Houston, TX - The Heights Theater ^^^
12/5 - Austin, TX - Paramount Theatre ^^^
12/6 - Dallas, TX - The Kessler Theater ^^^
12/7 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom ^^^
12/9 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown ^^^
2/27 - 3/1 - Punta Cana, DR - Avett Brothers at the Beach
* w/ Upstate
** w/ Colter Wall
^ w/ Fruition + Steep Canyon Rangers
^^ w/ Nicole Atkins