2016 Rockygrass Band Contest Winners!!
Real Kentucky Rhythm and Bluegrass
Energetically honoring the sound of traditional bluegrass and mountain music, with threads of singer-songwriters, rock, and jam bands woven throughout, The Wooks are as at home playing a festival stage as they are in a barn in the heart of Kentucky’s horse country. The Wooks: CJ Cain (guitar), Galen Green (mandolin), Arthur Hancock (banjo), Roddy Puckett (bass), and Jesse Wells (fiddle), were born over 20 years-time somewhere between a high school snack bar, an Irish pub, over the radio waves, and a festival jam circle. Inspired by legends and trailblazers like Crowe, Simpson, Whitley, Bush, Stapleton, and Rice, who cut their teeth on stages throughout the Bluegrass Region, The Wooks translate the sights and sounds of the people, hills, bars, roads, and creeks around them into songs and shows that captivate. With both respect and originality, The Wooks are the natural evolution of a sound that has always been here.
DEBUT ALBUM: LITTLE CIRCLES The band was able to lay down their exuberant and unmistakable sound on tape for the first time, recording seven original songs, and three borrowed cuts that exemplify all the musical ground that The Wooks can cover. From Cain’s Flatt and Scruggs gone psychedelic opener “Calling all you Wookies” and Hancock and Puckett’s danceable “Wookie Foot Shuffle” to the timely Charles Johnson anthem, “Sisters and Brothers,” The Wooks prove that modern acoustic music can be both a nod to the past and a joyful reflection of the present. Two tunes are neon-lit late night reflections on elusive and alluring love interests: Cain’s “County Girl,” and his co-write with Hancock “Night Bird.” The album’s title track, “Little Circles,” is Green’s philosophical lament on friendship and fleeting time, while his instrumental “Turtle in the Creek” paints a picture of a peaceful Kentucky day by a stream. Tales of life in the fast lane abound in the band’s cover of the Springsteen tune “Atlantic City,” Cain’s “White Lines and Neon Signs,” and the Damon Black song “Jake Satterfield” all touching on tales of wild men, and the inevitable consequences of a life fully lived. Hancock’s “Out of Mine,” driven by Wells’ fiddle licks, is a bad day internal pep-talk disguised as a catchy toe tapper. Full of tales of both city and country, friends lost and love chased, bourbons drunk and jigs danced, Little Circles is a true expression of life as The Wooks know it.
I love The Wooks. With one foot in Kentucky Bluegrass and the other in a galaxy far, far away, they are post modern grassers at heart, delivering song after song full of infectious energy, tremendous musicality and flat out joy. -Alison Brown, Compass Records
The Wooks are not your average Wooks they are Kentucky Thoroughbred grazing in Bluegrass Wooks. On Little Circles, these fellas really have done a fine job. Excellent pickin’ and singin’ and song selection is what you’ll get from The Wooks. -Ronnie McCoury, The Travelin’ McCourys
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