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The Woodsmen

There is an old folktale you might recall: Little Red Riding Hood. The central theme is that one must use caution when moving through the world. Why? Because it is a perilous place — fraught with imposters & predators. Not only is the grandmother eaten but Red Riding Hood too. A slightly modified version by The Brothers Grimm, introduces a Woodsman to save the day. I don’t want to live in a world where the wolves win. I need to believe in something.

Todd Adelman & The WoodsmenI remember a conversation I had once with Todd Adelman. Adelman is a singer, songwriter, producer, engineer & owner of The Woods, an analog recording studio tucked away in the woods just outside of Woodstock, NY. We were discussing the state of live music weighed down with tribute bands & performers “phoning it in” playing the same old tunes for the hundredth time & he said, “Just give me five minutes of something real! I’m just looking for something real!” I often find myself trying to tap into that…in my own life…in my relationships & in my art. It ain’t as easy as you might think.

I suppose it is that quest that led him, amidst the chaos of the pandemic, to form The Woodsmen

Adelman, who spent 20+ years fronting bands based out of the hills of Colorado (The Love Handles & The Country Mile), is the chief songwriter, singer & guitarist for the group & has surrounded himself with three veteran players all composers & producers in their own right.

Danny Blume on guitar. Blume who grew up in Ohio “surrounded by musicians playing, singing & stomping feet… at age 8 I heard The Beatles, picked up a guitar & never looked back” has played in bands of every genre & toured for ten years with Kid creole & the Coconuts as well as Iggy Pop, The Lounge Lizards, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Jewel, Lisa Loeb, and many others.  Then, after ten years recording & producing in NYC, moved to Woodstock where he has been making his own music & recording & producing others since 2010.

Jeff Hill on bass. Hill is a bassist, producer & recording engineer & has played with numerous notable musicians: Rufus Wainwright, Roseanne Cash, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Buster Poindexter, and Shooter Jennings to name a few. Jeff was a member of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood from 2016 and 2019 and joined Steve Earle’s band, the Dukes in 2019.

John Valesio on drums. Valesio has recorded with Kate Pierson of The B-52’s & Daryl Jennifer of Bad Brains. He currently tours with Lara Hope & The Arc Tones & writes & records with his group Skeye.

 

To witness The Woodsmen live is refreshing. Vintage gear. Lots of guitars. Guitar solos. Killer rhythm section. Maybe you wanna dance? Maybe you wanna order another beer? One or two more than you usually do. It’s a throwback to a country music show which is a rock’n’roll show. Which is it? Bob Dylan, when pressed about playing electric in Subterranean Homesick Blues gave this elusive answer: “Well they play electric guitars in country music too”

Don’t put a label on it. Just listen to the songs. Listen to the groove.

Let The Woodsmen deliver you to that magic time where artists wrote their own songs, practiced them, honed them, recorded them & then went out & played them. For an audience. An audience in search of something real.

– by Marc Delgado