In a career chock-full of highlights, The Wood Brothers hold a special place in their hearts for their performances at Levon Helm’s legendary Midnight Ramble. The trio – guitarist Oliver Wood, bassist Chris Wood, and drummer Jano Rix – developed a cherished friendship with the late icon that made it all the more emotional when The Wood Brothers returned to the barn in 2016 for their first Ramble since Helm’s passing. Captured pristinely on their new album, Live at the Barn, the band’s sold-out performance that night spanned their career and showcased the kind of singularly eclectic and electrifying performance style that’s earned them devoted legions of fans around the world.
Live at the Barn follows 2015’s critically acclaimed Paradise. Hailed by Rolling Stone for songwriting “that hits both the heart and head” and praised by American Songwriter for its “spry, soulful folk-rock,” the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and launched The Wood Brothers into the most successful year of their career, with performances everywhere from Bonnaroo to Red Rocks to Carnegie Hall.
NPR’s World Café raved that “there is so much warmth, soul, and musicianship at a Wood Brothers show, it’s no surprise that the band’s audience keeps growing.”