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!