The Steel Woods with Branden Martin
Madison Theater, 730 Madison Ave, Covington, KY
7pm doors, 8pm show, Buy Tickets
Nashville-based rock band The Steel Woods will perform at Madison Theater on October 27 in support of their debut album, Straw In The Wind (May 19, Woods Music/Thirty Tigers). The Steel Woods are a commanding musical force that blends an amalgam of influences with a Southern-infused foundation. The group’s sound is a hybrid of rock, blues, folk, gospel, heavy metal, Americana, soul and bluegrass. Rolling Stone Country included them as one of “10 New Country Artists You Need To Know“, and Associated Press said “Whether on a galloping murder romp called ‘Della Jane’s Heart’ or the ballad ‘If We Never Go’, The Steel Woods demonstrate with gusto that this genre isn’t played out.”
The songs on Straw In The Wind are filled with narratives of cautionary tales, regret, revenge, philosophical questioning, lovers, and dreamers. It’s an introduction to a hard-edged, blue-collar band steeped in the culture and tradition of the South with a broader view. The haunting instrumentation and impressive vocal range of lead singer Wes Bayliss demonstrate from the start that this is not just a mere Southern rock album. The Steel Woods’ genre-blending sound is equally as old school as it is contemporary, while remaining unquestionably timeless. Hear the band’s dynamic “I’m Gonna Love You” and the honky-tonk infused murder ballad “Della Jane’s Heart“.
Straw In The Wind features 13 tracks mostly written by Wes Bayliss and guitarist Jason ‘Rowdy” Cope, who played guitar in Jamey Johnson’s band for nine years. The album also includes songs by acclaimed writers such as Darrell Scott, Brent Cobb and even Black Sabbath. Bayliss and Cope, the gifted multi-instrumentalists and group co-founders, are joined by drummer Jay Tooke and bassist Johnny Stanton.