The Wood Brothers in Pittsburgh | Wed. Jan. 17 @ Mr. Small’s


Touring In Support Of Latest Album

Watch & Share: “Strange As It Seems
Watch & Share: “Happiness Jones

“…the trio drifts effortlessly between styles as diverse as plaintive country folk and electrified blues funk, toying with unrelated ideas as never before.” – Rolling Stone

“The Wood Brothers’ music has rarely seemed freer.” – Paste Magazine

“‘One Drop of Truth’ is a deft musical and thematic balancing act in which seemingly carefree groove-fests like “Happiness Jones” and “Sky High” find joy and sorrow to be interconnected.” – Uncut

photo by Alysse Gafkjen

w/ special guest, Priscilla Renea

Doors: 7pm | Show 8pm

400 Lincoln Avenue
Millvale, PA 15209
(412) 821-4447

All Ages
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The Wood Brothers are on tour this Winter, including a stop in Pittsburgh, PA to headline Mr. Small’s Theatre on Wednesday, January 16. The trio—guitarist Oliver Wood, bassist Chris Wood, and drummer Jano Rix—recently released their sixth studio album, ‘One Drop of Truth’ via Honey Jar Records/Thirty Tigers.
Whereas previous outings by The Wood Brothers have often followed a conceptual and sonic through-line, ‘One Drop of Truth’ dives headfirst into a deep wellspring of sounds, styles and recording approaches, treating each song as if it were its own short film. The plaintive, country-folk of “River Takes the Town” gives way to the The Band-esque Americana soul of “Happiness Jones.” The stream of consciousness ballad “Strange As It Seems” floats on a cloud of ethereal beauty, standing in stark contrast to “Sky High”—a Saturday night barnburner built upon stinging slide guitar funk. “Seasick Emotions” is rife with emotional turmoil, yet “Sparkling Wine” is jaunty and carefree. The end result is undeniably The Wood Brothers’ most dynamic recording to date.
Building off the success of their previous studio album, 2015’s Paradise,’ and 2017’s live release, Live At the Barn,’ recorded at Levon Helm’s Barn, The Wood Brothers found themselves at a fortuitous crossroads. Following a tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band, high profile festival dates and sold out headline shows, the band felt free from the cyclical album release, tour, write, record and do-it-all-over-again pressures. With all three members living in Nashville affording easy access to each other and a wealth of local independent studios at their disposal, they started work in January of 2017 with a new approach.

“Instead of going into one studio and recording it all at the same time, we picked a couple studios, and started to experiment,” says Chris Wood. “Sometimes we’d just make demos of songs to see if we got anything we liked. There was no pressure, and that really freed us up. We just did one or two songs a day, put it aside, let the songs simmer, and then we’d have a fresh perspective on what was working or not working. You need time to go by to gain objectivity.”

The band extended this approach to the mixing process, sending tracks to four different mixing engineers, each selected based on what the song demanded. Scotty Hard (who’s worked extensively with Medeski Martin & Wood, among others) was recruited for the “edgier, funkier tunes,” “Sky High”and “Happiness Jones.” Mike Poole (who worked on The Wood Brothers album The Muse) mixed “Sparkling Wine” and “Strange As It Seems.” Their old friend Brandon Belle from Zac Brown’s Southern Ground studio took on “Laughin’ Or Crying.” The remainder of the album was mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Trina Shoemaker, especially sought after by The Wood Brothers for her work with Brandi Carlile.

“It’s the freest album we’ve done, the most independent album we’ve done, and was the most fun we’ve ever had making a record,” says Oliver Wood. “And most importantly, this is the most purely Wood Brothers’ album we’ve ever made.”

Fittingly titled, One Drop of Truth,’ the latest entry in The Wood Brothers evolution finds three musicians being true to themselves. At a point in their career where most artists would be looking to strategically position themselves for even greater commercial success, they instead turned to artistic expression in service of the muse. In chaotic times when honesty is in short supply and ulterior motives seem to always be at play, The Wood Brothers put faith in themselves and ultimately their audience by writing and recording a collection of songs that are honest and pure. As they sing on the album’s title track: “Rather die hungry / than feasting on lies / Give me one drop of truth / I cannot deny.”


Tour Schedule

Nov. 28 – Houston, TX – The Heights Theater
Nov. 29 – Dallas, TX – The Kessler Theater
Nov. 30 – New Braunfels, TX – Gruene Hall
Dec. 1 – Austin, TX – Paramount Theatre
Dec. 2 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre
Dec. 4 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
Dec. 6 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Dec. 7 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
Dec. 8 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Commonwealth
Dec. 9 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up Aspen
Jan. 15 – Winston-Salem, NC – The Ramkat
Jan. 16 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre***
Jan. 17 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Jan. 18 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Jan. 19 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Jan. 21 – York, PA – Strand Capitol Theatre
Jan. 22 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Jan. 24 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
Jan. 25 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
Jan. 26 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
Feb. 10 – Tampa, FL – Cayamo Cruise
Feb. 25 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
Feb. 26 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
Feb. 28 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
Mar. 1 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
Mar. 3 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont Theatre
Mar. 5 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
Mar. 6 – Crystal Bay, NV – Crystal Bay Club Casino
Mar. 7 – Santa Rosa, CA – Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
Mar. 8 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Mar. 9 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Apr. 12 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
Apr. 13 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel