Fiddly Bits: Woody Pines, Foot-Stompin’ Good Times

Features, Video — By on January 6, 2011 6:54 pm

Be it Viper Jazz, Ragtime, or Country Blues, Asheville’s own Woody Pines (led by frontman Jonathan Woods) plays old-time, foot-stompin’ good music. The band — Woods on guitar, banjo, harmonica and lead vocals, Zack Pozebanchuk on upright bass, Nathan Taylor on drums, and Darin Gentry on fiddle — epitomizes the swinging ragtime and country sound that embraces a simpler time.

They’ve been playing together for two and a half years, and, according to Woods, spent time in New Orleans “to learn [the music] not just note for note, but also through the food and lifestyle that make New Orleans so special.” The band now resides in Asheville, NC, and is currently on tour in support of their infectious 2009 full-length, Counting Alligators (“foot-stomping twang from weird America’s highways and bi-ways”).

Watch and listen for yourself. In the first video, Woods introduces himself and talks about his influences; in the second, the band simply jams — in Scotland, no less!

Visit the Woody Pines website for tour dates and other fun stuff.

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