The George Woods Band is a unique blend of funk and folk being reminiscent of artists such as James Morrison and Ray LaMontagne. The music starts with the soulful vocals and guitar of George Woods, and the stunning back-up vocals of Heather Smist. It's held down by the bass lines of Blain Crawford that move right through you and the powerful drumming of Victor Hernandez. Lastly, but not leastly, it is highlighted by the charismatic trumpet of Sean Peters and the smoothness of Maxwell Butler on keys. As the band grows they instill passionate lyrics, and inescapable grooves into their songwriting making a live show that can move your feet and your heart.
The bands newest release "Backyard Sessions" is a live EP mixed and mastered by Blain Crawford featuring 7 tracks all recorded live with an in studio audience in Alex Wajs-Felners basement. Biggest thanks to Alex for the rehearsal space and his unrelenting support of the band and the Boston Music scene. Check out Alex's house concert series in Brighton at "The Backyard".
The George Woods Band began it's journey with George's first solo EP, "Technicolor Costs Too Much," released in Summer 2011. It was self-produced by George in his makeshift bedroom studio, with a few decent mics he had purchased with graduation money, and every copy was hand made to add that personal touch. It was at this CD release concert that Heather, Victor, Max, and Sean joined the band. Tyreek Jackson, the bassist of George's former group Birds In The Woods, stayed at the helm until he moved to NYC to attend Columbia University. Blain Crawford joined the band during the Summer of 2012, and his sound, using various effects pedals and relentless dedication to his craft, has really shaped the band into its newest edgier incarnation.
Their lighthearted indie folk sound shines through on their second release, the full-length studio album, "Heartbeat" which dropped in November 2012. It was recordedÂ at Phase 1 Studios in New York City this past spring.Â The album features thirteen interwoven tracks that lead the listener through a storybook summer soundtrack. The record tells a bumpy, but blossoming love story that keeps you moving with lush string arrangements, heart-felt lyrics, and solid grooving rhythms. Check out the danceable "Stock In The Stars", or the gospel inspired powerhouse "Marry Me" for a taste.
In December of 2013, the George Woods Band and Choreographer Jennifer Kuhnberg (OnstageDanceCo.com) teamed up to turn the album into "Heartbeat: A Modern Dance Rock Concert" featuring theÂ full bandÂ and a cast of 11 dancers (Click here for a sneak peek of the Limited Edition DVD). The show had its debut performance at the Oberon Theatre in March 2013, and has since been invited back for 2 additional runs, drawing crowds from around the Northeast to each performance. The show is the latest addition to the must-see performances of Boston, and has recieved press in the Boston Globe, DigBoston, Boston Magazine, and The Noise, just to name a few. Click Here for more information on the up-coming "Heartbeat: A Modern Dance Rock Concert" shows in September.
Recognized for their engaging live shows featuring their funky, danceable style, and tongue in cheek audience rapport, the George Woods Bands is excited to announce that they are working on their first full length studio LP as the George Woods Band this coming year in 2015.