They have, of course, always been brothers, but Chris and Oliver Wood did not come together musically as The Wood Brothers until 2006. After roughly 15 years honing their crafts individually – Chris a founding member of jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood and Oliver a touring musician with Tinsley Ellis and his own band King Johnson – the brothers eventually found themselves on stage together in a North Carolina club, and the sparks began to fly. Percussionist Jano Rix officially joined up for the band’s fifth studio album ‘The Muse’, and together they created, in this humble reviewer’s opinion, their best sound yet and one of the most endearing albums of the year.
Headliners Slightly Stoopid to be joined by G Love & Friends, Dumpstaphunk, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Max Creek, The Expendables, Nicki Bluhm And The Gramblers, Oteil Burbridge, Zach Deputy, Ryan Montbleau Band, Kung Fu and dopapod.
Change – To make or become different (verb). It’s a rarity for an album to have songs with vast differences in tone, instrumentation, method, tempo and direction without sounding like a CD compilation created by an avid fan. Option 22 has found a way to compile eleven diverse magnificent tracks while maintaining the consistent message and flow that an album should. This is a feat that deserves ample recognition. When you listen to the eleven tracks on Option 22’s new album, The Change, you will come to realize not only the musical reasoning behind the title, but the ever so powerful transcendent message throughout – a message that is asking, challenging us to actively pursue changing ourselves and the world for the better.