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December 2, 2016 @ 9:00 pm
Gruene Hall
1281 Gruene Rd
New Braunfels, TX 78130
The Woods Brothers @ Gruene Hall | New Braunfels | Texas | United States

Doors: 7 p.m.
Opener: Ben Sollee 8 p.m.
The Wood Brothers: 9 p.m.

From early in their childhood in Boulder, Chris and Oliver were steeped in American roots music.

Oliver played guitar in cover bands before earning a spot in Tinsley Ellis’s touring act. At Ellis’s behest, Oliver began to sing and then founded King Johnson, a hard-touring group that would release six albums of blues-inflected R&B, funk and country.

Chris, meanwhile, studied jazz bass at the New England Conservatory of Music, moved to New York City and formed Medeski Martin & Wood in the early ‘90s, which over the next two decades would become a cornerstone of contemporary jazz and abstract music.

After pursuing separate musical careers for some 15 years, the brothers performed together at a show in North Carolina. Oliver sat in with MM&W following King Johnson’s opening set. Soon after, the pair recorded a batch of Oliver’s songs, channeling the shared musical heroes of their youth while seizing on their own individual strengths – Oliver’s classic songwriting, Chris’s forward-thinking musicianship.

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