BIO - blurb
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’!