Matt Woods is an Americana, country and southern roots songwriter from Knoxville, Tennessee who spends a hell of a lot of time on the road, playing his songs for anyone who cares to listen. “Some folks call what I do Americana, but I have a hard time putting a label on things like that. A lot of my songs are very much based in classic country music while others are grounded in straight forward and greasy rock’n’roll,” Woods explains. “I write what is ready to come out and try to be as honest as I can about it.”
But what is a Matt Woods live show like? Let’s let Wild American Radio explain…
“A Matt Woods show isn’t merely a whiskey-fueled half hour set of songs, it’s in-your-face theatre – sometimes verging on a public exorcism – that draws the audience in like a constricting (or comforting) hug. He is the one breaking down the barrier between artist and audience; stepping in front of the microphone to shout (and sometimes whisper) his lyrics to the audience. He dismantles his ego piece by piece, until finally, at the end, the very symbol of a stage or a man standing on it is obliterated and he is on eye and street level again.”
In other words, get yourself a ticket because this is a show that you can’t afford to miss. Matt’s varied travels bring him to the Isis Farmhouse in Oxford on Thursday 2nd May for an intimate solo show which promises to illustrate why people are saying things like this:
“Get hold of this record. It will haunt and hold you.” – Americana UK
“His brand of genre-saving country possesses an authenticity that’s earned him the loyalty of fans plus the comparisons to a range of gifted wordsmiths that run the range from Jason Isbell to Charles Bukowski.” – Tampa Bay Times
“Like Jason Isbell, another son of the South who bears a tenacious tone, Woods is in the vanguard of country music’s feisty new generation.” – No Depression
Matt Woods plus support, Thursday 2nd May, the Isis Farmhouse Oxford. £7.50 adv/£9 otd.
Tickets available from Truck Store Oxford, Rapture Witney and at www.wegottickets.com/halfwayto75.