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The Wood Brothers – Chris and Oliver wood spent fifteen years separately pursuing successful music careers before they formed The Wood Brothers: Chris as a founding member of genre-busting jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood while Oliver immersed himself in the Southern Rock scene working with Tinsley Ellis and King Johnson. NPR described their first album as a collection of “gracious little songs [that] sound like they were born on a front porch during a beautiful sunset.” Their music combines blues, folk, and roots-music styles they loved as kids into their own evocative sound, with their voices united in the kind of high-lonesome harmony blend for which sibling singers are often renowned. On their latest album, The Muse, Oliver’s gritty acoustic guitar and Chris’s virtuosic upright bass are joined by multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix.
The Word – The Word is an improvisational rock-gospel supergroup featuring pedal-steel guitarist Robert Randolph, keyboardist John Medeski, and all three members of the North Mississippi Allstars (guitarist Luther Dickinson, drummer Cody Dickinson and bassist Chris Chew). The band came together in 2000, bonding over their mutual love for Sacred Steel, a tradition of gospel music that originated in African-American Pentecostal churches in the early 20th century. Since the release of their first LP in 2001, all five members have remained busy with projects outside of the band while occasionally uniting for live shows, including high-profile performances at Bonnaroo in 2005 and 2012. May 4 marked the release of their second studio album, Soul Food, on Vanguard Records.