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Will Wood has an interesting take on country music. He has managed to create something generally in the realm of folk cross pop and as a result is making some super catchy tunes, including his first single Sick of It All, which moves at 100 miles an hour. His genre has been redefined, mostly because I don’t think people knew exactly what to do with it, as alt-country.

will wood

Will Wood makes country music really appealing to the non-believers. He adds some folk and pop in the mix creating some mighty fine catchy tunes.

Previously the drummer for Auckland band Bernie Griffen and The Grifters, Will Wood has recently decided to forge his own way in the music world, the decision to become an internationally touring solo artist taking place sometime in 2013.

The New Zealand native has his debut album, Broken Man which actually was released yesterday by Lyttelton Records, and from the sound of his recently released singles, including Sick Of It All  and the slightly more morbid and much slower Take Me Away To Die, its going to be bloody fun. The release is said to be a ten track record with some collaborations from some of New Zealand’s most well known country acts, including Dave Khan, Ben Woolley and Reb Fountain.

Wood, however I recently discovered is not only a notorious drummer but is also a classically trained pianist and violinist and then he threw in guitar and vocals, just for good measure. It’s a wonder he hasn’t gone out on his own sooner to be honest. He is set to tour throughout Europe before, he said, hopefully organizing a national tour of New Zealand when he returns.

“It’s fucking terrifying,” says Wood of his encroaching European tour, “but I’m at a point in my life where I’m desperate for something new. This record is an attempt to find something really awesome and get that dream of being an internationally touring musician as a living.”

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October 2, 2014

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