The Steel Woods

The Burl Presents

The Steel Woods

Thu · June 21, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

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The Steel Woods
The Steel Woods
The stories told in all these songs / Don't sound the same to everyone / Some you hear, and some you see / And all that means is whatever it means to me / Not all are real, but all are true / Cause all that means is whatever they mean to you”
“Whatever It Means To You”Like their name, The Steel Woods are a hybrid musical force, part hard-edged, part
Americana roots country folk, man-made, yet organic, rock but also bluegrass, R&B, blues, gospel, soul and heavy metal, “the materials which America is built on
” according to co-founder Wes Bayliss. The Nashville-based band is also steeped in the ethos of Southern rock, with the music on its debut Woods Music/Thirty Tigers release, Straw in the Wind, both timeless and indefinable, sounding like it could’ve been recorded at any point during the past half-century. “That’s kinda the idea,” nods Bayliss.
The Steel Woods trace an unbroken line from Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams through Willie and Waylon, then the Allmans, Blackfoot, The Band and Tom Petty up
through contemporaries like Kings of Leon and the Avett Brothers.
“I grew up on Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Led Zeppelin,” says Jason “Rowdy” Cope, who was born in Asheville, NC, in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where he heard some pretty impressive pickers,
which inspired him as a kid. “Our music is like good
bluegrass, with the electric guitars turned up to 11,” he says.
There is a biblical, hellfire-and-morality at work on songs like the goog-and-evil parable, “Axe
” the first song they ever wrote together -- which takes off on co-founder Rowdy’s ominous, rumbling bluegrass guitar line -- or the galloping countryrhythms of “Della Jane’s Heart a murder ballad about a spurned woman taking her revenge on a fickle lover, and immediately reg
rets her actions. “The Secret” goes back
to the Garden and Adam’s original heartbreak, equating the duplicitous Eve with the Devil himself.