Sunday, Aug. 7 – 8pm – Aaron Woody Wood

Aaron Woody Wood may be a legend.

The skinny white boy from the mountains of Western North Carolina carries around more soul in his restless bones and battered guitar than most of us ever dream of.  With a background as diverse as his music, Woody converges elements from all walks of life to present music that contains a sense of familiarity like no other.

One look at the long list of artists he has shared the stage with exemplifies his diversity, not to mention respect from his musical peers. From Jimmy Martin to Leon Russel, R.L. Burnside to Warren Haynes, country music superstar Sara Evans to Carlos Santana, Woody has played and learned from some of those who have helped shape music into what it is today.

Growing up, Woody was steeped in the knowledge, legacy, and traditions of Bluegrass music. His father, A.L. Wood, and his band, The Smokey Ridge Boys, toured the traditional bluegrass circuit extensively alongside legends like Bill Monroe, The Stanley Brothers and The Seldom Scene. Tagging along with his father to various festivals, Woody experienced first hand the power of music and the etiquette that goes into it.

As a professional musician, Woody was a pivotal member of the Blue Rags, with whom he had success with National media coverage (MTV) and international tours. Woody was also recorded and performed with a slew of New Orleans and WNCs finest musicians in what was a blending of musical styles, combining New Orleans Jazz and Bluegrass. The Blue Brass Sessions featured members of Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Larry Keel,Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews, and many others.

“Wood sets the stage and then proceeds to burn it down with  original material that breathes a new fire of of passion and honesty.”

Join us at Mission on Sunday, August 7th, at 8pm in welcoming such a talent!

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