Tim Woods review…April 4, 2018….

TIM WOODS

HUMAN RACE

CAN YOU FEEL IT–EVERY DAY–STEP–TAKE A MINUTE–HUMAN RACE–BLACK MARIA–TW FUNK–IMAGE IS CLEAR–TRIXIE–HAVE MERCY–WHERE DID SHE GO–LEAVE THE EARTH ALONE

Tim Woods is not only an expressive, soulful guitarist, but he’s also quite the creative songwriter, too.  Patriarch of the Woods Family Band, the Pittsburgh native has just released his second album, entitled “Human Race.”  Tim grew up in a family that included older brothers, who exposed him to rock, blues, jazz, and even bluegrass, all of which helped to shape his future as an artist.  As a teen, his blues apprenticeship took hold, as his family moved to Macon, GA.  There, he got involved in that heavy blues and Southern rock scene, working as a club promoter, which gave him lifelong connections in the music business.

This album embodies all his experiences, and then some.  On the leadoff cut,  his good friend and producer, Bobby Lee Rodgers, adds organ to the grungy, pounding anthem of knowing when something is right for you, “Can You Feel It?”  Tim grabs up his acoustic guitar on a song of empowerment, “I’m not gonna live my life in fear,” “Every Day.”  The fellows step into some serious funk on the down-in-the-alley “Have Mercy On Me,” and close the set with our favorite, a warning to all those who continue to “build your bombs,”  urging them to “Leave This Earth Alone,” for the good of mankind.

Tim can pick it like Dickie, and he can pick it like Garcia, and everyone in between.  You can hear it for yo’self on the three too-cool-for-school instrumentals included herein, the fiery stomp of “Step,” and a couple inspired by the Dead and the Allman Brothers, “Trixie,” and “TW Funk.”

Tim Woods’ dedication to the preservation of the blues as an art form is readily apparent on the material in “Human Race.”  These songs evoke a spirit of positivity, done with the intent to spread peace and love thru this music!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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