Free Music Friday! A tasty treat from the Wood Brothers

For some reason, rock 'n' rollers seem to be obsessed with pie. Songs written about the delicious dessert are unusually numerous. From Led Zeppelin's "Custard Pie" to Warrant's "Cherry Pie" the subject keeps working its way into songs.

Strange, huh?

Cracker, led by Richmond's David Lowery, served us "Sweet Thistle Pie." My personal favorite among the bunch is Bob Dylan's "Country Pie." "Raspberry, strawberry, lemon and lime, what do I care?" the great one asked on the "Nashville Skyline" track. "Blueberry, apple, cherry, pumpkin or plum, call me for dinner, honey, I'll be there."

Continuing in this great tradition, The Wood Brothers are here to deliver "Shoofly Pie," a track from the duo's new album "Smoke Ring Halo." The Wood Brothers are made up of Chris Wood -- the bassist known for his work with Medeski, Martin & Wood -- and his guitar-playing, singing sibling Oliver.

Downloading the track is free. The givers of the gift only require that you supply them with a working e-mail address. That's not too much to ask for a slice of something good.

Get it here:  

Listen to the tune here: 

Here's a press release about the band's new album and tour:


(NEW YORK) -- The Wood Brothers' will release their third album, the atmospherically titled, Smoke Ring Halo, August 2 on Zac Brown's independent record company Southern Ground Artists, Inc.

Brothers Oliver (guitar, vocals) and Chris Wood (bass, vocals, harmonica) deliver a wide-ranging album that is as musically and lyrically provocative as it is natural, nearly homespun. Jim Scott (Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams) produced and engineeered.

The rich, spacious sound on songs like the rousing opener "Mary Anna," the back-porch-funky "Shoofly Pie," the waltz-time plaint "Pay Attention," the elegiac title track, and the moving "Blue and Green" are the thoughtful culmination of Chris and Oliver's divergent musical pursuits. Scott captures it all on two-inch tape for a resonant, organically burnished sound.

Oliver honed his guitar chops and (eventually) songwriting voice first as a sideman with blues vet Tinsley Ellis, then with his own outfit, King Johnson. Chris formally studied bass at the New England Conservatory and is the irreplaceable bassist for the genre-defying trio Medeski Martin & Wood.

The Wood Brothes were featured recently in a NPR Weekend Edition  story about Mason Jar Music - a collective of creative types filming and recording artists in vacant buildings.

Wood Brothers' tour dates:

08/11 Club Helsinki, Hudson, NY

08/12 Nectar's Martha's Vinyard, Edgartown, MA

08/13 Narrows Center For The Arts, Fall River, MA

08/14 Grand Point North Festival, Burlington, VT

08/16 City Winery Back Parking Lot, New York, NY

08/17 Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis, MD

08/18 Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ

08/19 Maxwell's, Hoboken, NJ

08/20 Levitt Pavilion, Westport, CT

08/21 Old Pool Farm, "Philadelphia Folk Festival"

08/26 South Island Field @ Governors Island, New York, NY

08/27 Chastain Park Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA

09/22 The State Room, Salt Lake City, UT

09/23 Swallow Hill - L2 Arts & Cultural Center

09/24 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO

09/25 Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins, CO

09/27 The Waiting Room, Omaha, NE

09/28 The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS

09/29 Mojo's, Columbia, MO

09/30 The Bishop, Bloomington, IN

10/01 SPACE, Evanston, IL

10/02 Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI

10/04 The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI

10/05 Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA

10/06 Triumph Brewery, New Hope, PA

10/07 Barns At Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA

10/08 World Cafe Live at the Queen, Wilmington, DE

10/09 Devil's Backbone Brewing Co., Roseland, VA


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