The Wood Brothers Announce New Album, Summer Tour Dates

The Wood Brothers

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The Wood Brothers have announced their eighth studio album, Heart Is The Hero, will be released on April 14th. The trio of Oliver Wood, Chris Wood, and Jano Rix took a different approach from their last effort by recording analog straight to 16-track tape. As such, it strips their sound down to their elemental core, the band says.

“I’m looking forward to going on the road with these new songs from Heart Is The Hero and seeing how they evolve from night to night when performed in front of audiences,” says bassist Chris Wood. “The recording process for this album was completely different from our last one, Kingdom In My Mind, where we had all the time in the world to experiment, tinker, and shape performances. For those sessions, I was living in Nashville close to Oliver and Jano, but I’ve since relocated to Canada, so our time to record together this time around had to be extremely focused and intentional. I think those limitations actually added something special. The end results feel raw, honest, immediate, and vulnerable, more so than any other record we’ve made to date.”

The themes on the album’s ten tracks focus on presence, grace, and faith. Its first single is the title track which sums it up, according to vocalist/guitarist Oliver Wood.

“The chorus of the album’s title track says, ‘the heart is the hero of every song.’ By no means was it intentional, but much of the material we were writing for this record seemed to come full circle to the idea of trusting in your heart in matters that you can’t control. Those words seemed to illustrate so much of what we were feeling—that heart and spirit guides us through this world,” explains Oliver Wood. “Even by recording completely analog, we had to commit to feeling the performances and have faith in what the three of us were creating together instead of trying to make things perfect by letting technology or overthinking things get in the way.”

The Wood Brothers are currently in the midst of a winter and spring combo, but they’ve also announced 20 dates between May 10th in Illinois to June 18th in Michigan. See below for their full itinerary.

The Wood Brothers 2023 Tour Dates:

Jan 31Solana Beach, CABelly Up Tavern ^ (Sold Out)
Feb 1Solana Beach, CABelly Up Tavern ^ (Sold Out)
Feb 2Ventura, CAVentura Music Hall ^
Feb 3Oakland, CAFox Theater ^
Feb 4Stateline, NVBally’s Lake Tahoe Casino Resort ^
Feb 6Santa Cruz, CARio Theatre ^
Feb 8Bend, ORMidtown Ballroom ^
Feb 9Seattle, WANeptune Theatre ^ (Sold Out)
Feb 10Portland, ORRevolution Hall ^ (Sold Out)
Feb 11Portland, ORRevolution Hall ^
Feb 24North Little Rock, ARSimmons Bank Arena ^^
Mar 1Lexington, KYLexington Opera House
Mar 2Detroit, MIMajestic Theatre
Mar 3Buffalo, NYTown Ballroom
Mar 4Ithaca, NYState Theatre
Mar 6Westerly, RIThe United Theatre
Mar 8Harrisburg, PAXL Live
Mar 9Rocky Mount, VAHarvester Performance Center (Sold Out)
Mar 10Winston-Salem, NCThe Ramkat
Mar 11Chattanooga, TNWalker Theatre
Apr 11Scottsdale, AZVirginia G. Piper Theater - Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 12Flagstaff, AZOrpheum Theater
Apr 14Beaver Creek, COVilar Performing Arts Center
Apr 15Denver, COMission Ballroom
Apr 17Salina, KSThe Stiefel Theatre for the Performing Arts
Apr 18Fayetteville, AKJJ’s Live
Apr 20 Tulsa, OKCain’s Ballroom
Apr 21Tilmon, TXOld Settler’s Music Festival
Apr 22Houston, TXThe Heights Theater
May 10Peoria, ILPremier Event Center *
May 11Chicago, ILThe Salt Shed *
May 12Minneapolis, MNUtepils Brewing Co. *
May 13Milwaukee, WIRiverside Theater *
May 15Akron, OHGoodyear Theater *
May 16Cincinnati, OHTaft Theatre *
May 18Atlanta, GAThe Eastern *
May 19Raleigh, NCNorth Carolina Museum of Art *
May 20Washington, DCThe Anthem *
May 21Knoxville, TNTennessee Theatre *
Jun 7Portland, MEState Theatre *
Jun 8Boston, MARoadrunner *
Jun 9New York, NYThe Rooftop at Pier 17 *
Jun 10Accord, NYArrowood Farms *
Jun 11Fairport, NYPerinton Center Park Amphitheater *
Jun 13New Haven, CTCollege Street Music Hall *
Jun 15Charlottesville, VATing Pavilion *
Jun 16Williamsburg, VAVirginia Arts Festival’s Williamsburg Live *
Jun 17Pittsburgh, PAMountain View Amphitheatre *
Jun 18Grand Rapids, MIvenue TBA *
Jun 23Greenfield, MAGreen River Festival
Aug 18-20Wellston, MAHoxeyville Music Festival

^ w/ Taylor Ashton
^^ w/ The Avett Brothers & Turnpike Troubadours
* w/ Shovels & Rope

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