History

                       

Bio Blurb - short form

 Woody's one-man show often sounds more like a full band, thanks to his complex fingerings, wide range of virtuosic styles and pioneering use of real-time reactive electronics. After earning an MA in composition under jazz-legend Hank Levy, Woody went full-time, quickly becoming a major figure in the golden age of the Mid-Atlantic music scene (70s – 80s) with A&M Record’s Gordon Michaels, then Lifesong’s Crack the Sky, Chrysalis’ Cinematrix & many more, followed by his own deal with industry leader, Warner for his all-original-music band, Cubic Feet. His bands played with some of the biggest acts, Gang of Four, The Waitresses, members of Aerosmith, Kix, and opening for Steppenwolf while still a teenager! His albums include ‘The Weather Girls’ on backing vocals, produced by Procol Harum keyboardist Peter Solley (producer of Peter Frampton, Motörhead, The Romantics, etc.) and featured Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks engineer Shelly Yakus. 

  Guitar started at age five, learning from his father, a man with a huge record collection and his own radio show, Woody played concerts and dances from the late 60s on - this career entertainer has graduated to performing mainly his own material, usually in solo format, in North America and overseas. His newer songs reflect Americana, English folk, French jazz, Russian bardski musik, Spanish classical, rock & jazz - all performed with intricate guitar work in the vein of Tommy Emmanuel or Steve Howe.

  And the voice, strong & subtle, skillful and wide-ranging, alternately growling or soaring leads the listener through many scenes. His compositions have won dozens of awards, the music is deep, moving and truly original and the lyrics, a subtle and evocative poetry, in multiple languages. He has had hits as far away as Russia!

  Woody performs on a wide variety of other instruments, employed on his 13 full-length CDs, countless singles, videos, radio, TV, interviews and articles  – press has described his self-styled ‘Astro-Folk’ as ‘deeply affecting’, ‘a musical masterpiece’ & ‘music you must hear!’
  With Maryland’s #1 country band ‘The Alamo Band’ Woody played bass, and ‘Pebbles & the Bam-Bam Boys’ found him on keys in front of 81,000 people! In 'Strangelove' he used his sax and it’s not uncommon to catch him executing Tull-like passages on flute or blazing away on a banjo!

  His stories from a lifetime on the bandstand are as entertaining as the songs. Live,  Woody is witty, affable & engaging, alternately eliciting reverie and mirth. 

 He has just released his newest batch of original songs, the triple-award-wining - 'A Guest in the House of the Wind', including the MASC silver-award-winning instrumental ‘Sirocco’!   

The Whole Story - long form

Born into a musical family, Woody was inspired early on by his father’s love of music in all its forms. He began playing guitar from the age of five and never stopped, with the result that the fingers on his left hand are noticeably longer.

An innovative and virtuosic guitar player, he opened for Steppenwolf while still a teenager. As an adult, he toured widely throughout North America and Europe with Chrysalis Record’s Laura Hunter, A&M’s Gordon Michaels, Lifesong Record’s Crack the Sky, new wave pioneers Multiplex and Strangelove, US Bang (warming up for Kix and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry) ..keyboards with Pebbles and the Bam Bam Boys in front of 81,000 people, on bass with Maryland’s #1 country band (Alamo Band), and many other acts.

Simultaneously, Woody founded an original music project called Cubic Feet, recording with 'Procol Harum’ keyboardist- turned-producer Peter Solley (The Romantics, Oingo Boingo, Peter Frampton) and engineer Shelly Yakus (Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks), creating what would eventually
be 4 CDs, supported by a Warner Bros. publishing deal, and cracking charts with broad North American radio and video airplay. As the owner/operator of a recording studio, Woody has produced countless acts and also used the facility to develop an experimental approach to song building.

Exploring more instruments from around the world and twisting the studio equipment to new uses, he has infused his solo CDs with his self-styled ‘Astro Folk’ sound. He brought in his sister, well-known UK fiddle/banjo player Kate Lissauer and a host of unique musicians, personal friends from a life in the biz.

These CDs, the eponymous debut CD and its ‘War and the World’ companion, along with his brand-new release ‘Adventures & Misadventures in Loveland’, span a broad range of musical styles with lyrical beauty and musical form that startle reviewers, entrance new listeners and continue to mesmerize fans. Woody wins accolades as much for his vocals and wonderfully evocative lyrics as for his dazzling guitar and instrumental work. ‘A voice of vast range’ described as ‘deeply affecting, sometimes growling, sometimes soaring’, Music Monthly declared his self-titled CD a ‘musical masterpiece’ and characterized it as ‘Music You Must Hear!’

Woody’s song ‘Roses’ has won him particularly high acclaim, winning the number one prize and slot in the Baltimore Songwriters’ Association’s juried best-of Baltimore CD as well as Static Chain’s ‘Best of Baltimore’ CD - garnering much regional radio airplay.

During live performances, Woody’s love of people and quick sense of humor quickly grab the crowd. His rich stories enchant and endear and his personality and excitement about music fill the room as do the show’s folk and classical guitars, with alternates such as banjo, dulcimer, sitar, mandolin and other fascinating instruments. With a massive mailing list, huge social media presence and deep penetration into the public consciousness of a dozen major markets, built up over decades, this performer can pack your venue and keep them coming back!

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