by John A. Zara
The Wood Brothers are pretty nimble guys. Moving with ease from funky, groove-heavy jazz to gospel isn't' the easiest feat. But these real-life brothers did that and more at the Music Farm on Tuesday evening.
Chris Wood warmed up the crowd by spinning vinyl, notably the stylings of bluesman Little Walter. After emerging to a dimly lit stage, the siblings, joined by multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix, jumped into tunes off their 2013 release The Muse. This included songs like the swampy, blues-driven "Honey Jar," "Sing About It," and the title track.
Other highlights included the trio's take on a Sister Rosetta Tharpe tune, "Up Above My Head." Oliver even went as far as to say that she was the true beginning of rock 'n' roll, before the likes of even Chuck Berry. After calling a few folks from the side stage, including opening act Chris Kasper, the group gathered around a condenser mic. Oliver pleaded for a quite room as they crept into a poignant and harmonic cover of Tom Petty's "You Don't Know How It Feels." The audience was also treated to a cover of The Band's "Ophelia."