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Preview: The Wood Brothers @ Lincoln Hall 11/1

A classic tale: two brothers, both musically inclined, yet going down two different paths to acheive their dreams. Attending two completely different colleges on opposite sides of the country, forming new bands without the other. 15 years passed before they began their direct musical collaboration. One day, these two brothers realized they could communicate via music in a totally intrinsic and instinctive fashion, and perhaps they should create their own group together. Oliver Wood and Chris Wood, Boulder natives, are now successful folk outfit The Wood Brothers, and they'll be making a tour stop this Thursday evening at our own Lincoln Hall.

Oliver, the guitarist component of the group, formed King Johnson, funky blues outfit, while Chris opted to take his bass skills to Medeski, Martin & Wood, largely successful for hits like the scintillating "End of the World Party" and opting for a jazz-blues-improvisation fusion sound. Blending these styles together, Oliver and Chris Wood have honed a style that's all their own: they've been recording together for seven years now, all the while developing the precious sound they've created together.

They've released five albums, with two additional live recordings, including music produced by Jim Scott, who has worked with legendary talent such as Johnny Cash and Tom Petty. Ways To Lose, their first record, was released in 2006, and they've only allowed their sound to mature like a fine wine ages, never losing that original quality that makes it so unique. Their material features loose, bluesy vocals that entwine with deliberate bass lines, tender and rhythmic. It's all that's wonderful about American folk music; compelling lyrics with earnest feeling. It's languid yet strong, with just the right amount of raw power present in folk music to move anyone to an emotional state.

Take a listen to The Wood Brothers as they cover classic tune "Little Liza Jane" below; while their recorded material is beautiful, it is in the live setting where The Wood Brothers' voices truly shine.

The Wood Brothers play Lincoln Hall on Thursday, November 1, and the show begins at 9pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, or $22 at the door, and the show is 18+. Lera Lynn will open the show. Lincoln Hall is located at 2424 N. Lincoln, (773) 525-2501.

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Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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