Live Review: The Wood Brothers – Webster Hall, NYC

Photo Credit: Alysse Gafkjen

The Wood Brothers performed a two night run at Webster Hall in New York, NY last Thursday and Friday night and we were lucky enough to see the jam packed setlist on night two! Their current tour supports the recently-released album, Kingdom In My Mind. Kat Wright opened before the soulful rock trio – made up of brothers Chris (guitar/vocals) and Oliver Wood (bass/vocals), as well as Jano Rix (drums/shuitar) – blasted off into ‘Alabaster’, one of the fresh new tracks from the record.

After ‘Glad’ and ‘Sky High’, they rocked their way into another Kingdom In My Mind tune, ‘Little Bit Sweet’. This song was the third single off the January release. Now that the band had displayed the energy of the new songs, they dug back into their older repertoire and played some of the classics we were all waiting to hear. The string of older originals including ‘Twisted’, which gave the entire Webster Hall audience a jolt of dance and party energy.

After, they delivered a heartfelt rendition of everyone’s favorite singalong ‘Luckiest Man’ and then ‘Mary Anna’ followed. Next they performed the biggest party song ‘Sparkling Wine’, from their 2018 album One Drop of Truth. ‘Spirit’ followed before the fan favorite and set highlight of the night ‘Postcards From Hell’.

The band gathered around one microphone to perform a stripped back, intimate version of ‘Little Liza Jane’. After, the Americana jam rock trio played another Kingdom In My Mind tune, ‘Cry Over Nothing’. Two covers, ‘I Got Loaded’ by Little Bob & The Lollipops and ‘Chevrolet’ written by Ed and Lonnie Young, were sandwiched into the set to add a different dimension. These two upbeat, fun and energetic songs led to the set-closing ‘Honey Jar’. A two-song encore of their original ‘Stumbled In’ and a cover of The Band‘s ‘Ophelia’ capped off the Wood Brothers two night sold-out stand at Webster Hall.

These guys are mastermind musicians and writers, and it is a big mistake if you do not find the closest venue they are playing near you. Go see them right now!

Scott J. Herman