With his intricate lyrics documenting life in East Tennessee, as well as long weeks spent on the road, nothing escapes Matt Woods’ songwriting scrutiny. Woods shares what he has been listening to lately.
Two Cow Garage
Sweet Saint Me (Suburban Home, 2010)
A well-crafted rock ’n’ roll gem, which at times explodes through the speakers with angst and vigor but can turn and draw you in with its powerfully personal ballads. The lyrics are rich and clever and supported by lush guitars. I have had the chance to play with these guys some and continue to be floored by the band’s energy and talent.
Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot, 2010)
By now, I’m sure everyone is familiar with Steve Earle’s boy, and for good reason. I picked up this one on vinyl, which even adds to the classic vibe of Harlem River Blues. The tune you might be familiar with is the title track, which he performed on Late Night with Jason Isbell on electric guitar a couple of months ago, but I keep getting “Workin’ for the MTA” stuck in my head.