The Wood Brothers

The Wood Brothers

Ashleigh Flynn & the Riveters

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

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The Wood Brothers
The Wood Brothers
In a career chock full of highlights, The Wood Brothers hold a special place in their hearts for their
performances at Levon Helm's legendary Midnight Ramble. As repeat special guests at Helm's famed
Woodstock barn, the trio—guitarist Oliver Wood, bassist Chris Wood, and drummer Jano Rix—
developed a cherished friendship with the late icon that transcended simple musical collaboration and
left an indelible mark on their songs and their lives. That shared history made it all the more emotional
when The Wood Brothers returned to the barn on August 19, 2016, for their first Ramble since
Helm's passing. Captured pristinely on their new album, 'Live At The Barn,' the band's sold-out
performance that night spanned their career and showcased the kind of singularly eclectic and
electrifying performance style that's earned them devoted legions of fans around the world.
"We're huge fans of Levon's and count him as a big influence," says Oliver, who named his son for
Helm. "Since we actually got to know him, his influence was more than musical—it was personal. He
was one of those unique and powerful personalities, and I’ll always remember how gracious he was.
We also got to know his daughter Amy quite well and have had great tours and collaborations with
her. She’s a beautiful soul just like her dad, and we have fond memories of playing with both of them
in that barn."
Live At The Barn follows 2015's critically acclaimed Paradise, which the band recorded at Dan
Auerbach's Easy Eye studio in their adopted hometown of Nashville, TN. Hailed by Rolling Stone for
songwriting "that hits both the heart and head" and praised by American Songwriter for its "spry,
soulful folk-rock," the album debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and launched The
Wood Brothers into the most successful year of their career, with performances everywhere from
Bonnaroo to Red Rocks to Carnegie Hall.
NPR's World Cafe raved that "there is so much warmth, soul and musicianship at a Wood Brothers
show, it's no surprise that the band's audience keeps growing," and Live At The Barn is no exception.
Over the course of the album's nine tracks, the band careens from soul to folk to funk to blues to
rock, mixing acoustic and electric instruments and effortlessly blending eras and regions of American
music. While the album documents their remarkably adventurous musicianship and tight interplay, it
also manages to capture their extraordinary relationship with their fans, an essential ingredient in the
magic of any Wood Brothers concert. On "I Got Loaded," the exuberant audience joins in a rousing call
and response, while the bluesy groove of "Tried And Tempted" elicits whoops and hollers from
listeners overcome by the energy in the room. The Wood Brothers can effectively transform any venue
into a revival tent with their exhilarating performances, but there's something singular about playing
in that barn.
"It’s so intimate and casual that it feels less like a concert and more like a living room jam," says
Oliver. "The spirit in there is strong, from the history and the intent that Levon had when he built the
place to all the great music and musicians that have played there."
With Live At The Barn, The Wood Brothers weave their own little moment into the rich and ever
expanding tapestry of Levon’s barn, while at the same time tipping their cap to the influences that
came before them. It's only fitting, then, that the record ends with The Band's "Ophelia," a mainstay
of The Wood Brothers' live show from a time well before any of them ever imagined performing, let
alone recording an album, in such an historic space.
"We're just proud and honored and humbled that this album was made in the barn," says Oliver. "I’d
like to think we're part of the same lineage as The Band. We certainly draw from a lot of the same
roots, and they've always been an inspiration. Their music reminds us to be ourselves.”
Ashleigh Flynn & the Riveters
Ashleigh Flynn & the Riveters
Ashleigh Flynn grew up in Kentucky and cut her teeth on local bluegrass music. She arrived on the national scene in 2008 with the release of her third record, American Dream, and continues playing national and international stages with the release of A Million Stars (2013). A prolific songwriter, Ashleigh is also an electrifying performer blessed with unbridled charisma. Ashleigh has performed at many a music festival including Bonnaroo, Bumbershoot, Falcon Ridge Folk and High Sierra. A Million Stars, Ashleigh's fourth studio effort on her own Home Perm Records, is produced by Chris Funk, her longtime friend and musical collaborator, best-known as the Decemberists' multi-instrumentalist. The record features Todd Snider and many of Portland's most talented musicians including, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee-Drizos, Nate Query, John Moen, Annalisa Tornfelt, and the Stolen Sweets singers, among others. She has also traveled the globe regularly warming tours for Todd Snider and Nanci Griffith, among others.

A Million Stars continues the inspired narrative Flynn began on earlier records with tales deeply rooted in the American experience. The most profound seed of inspiration for the new record was a watercolor painted by her young niece depicting a cowgirl atop her horse under a starry desert sky. Who was this girl so confidently astride her mount? Discovering the painting led her on a quest to learn more about the women of the westward expansion, unnamed heroes that history had largely overlooked.

"Flynn's best attributes: a soulful croon best described as a gold-plated gift from beyond, a songwriter's eye for detail and narrative that captures the humanity and hope in the lives of our fair city's various down-and-outers …" - Douglas Perry, The Oregonian
Venue Information:
Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley, CA, 94941
http://www.sweetwatermusichall.com/