Donovan Woods

As an in-demand songwriter whose work has been recorded by the likes of Tim McGraw (“Portland, Maine”) and Lady A’s Charles Kelley (“Leaving Nashville”), Woods has been venturing beyond the singer-songwriter scene where he first cut his teeth. Equally at home in folk and country, he has worked with songwriters such as Tom Douglas, Lori McKenna, Ashley Monroe, Steve Robson, and Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies). Each of these collaborations has highlighted a budding truth about Woods: as respected as he is as a solo artist, he’s evolving and upending our expectations of how his music sounds.
His songs have grown more dimensional, emboldened by new sonic landscapes, reminding us that classic songwriting transcends genre.
His newest album, Big Hurt Boy is a six-song exploration of how our failures — and our fixations on them — not only shape but enlighten us. “These are smaller, less polished songs than the ones I’ve been putting out recently,” says Woods, winner of the 2019 Juno Award for contemporary roots album (for Both Ways) and whose global streams have surpassed 210 million. Still, Big Hurt Boy brims with some of the luminous production touches Woods has been adding to this repertoire lately.
Big Hurt Boy is the follow-up to 2020’s Without People, Woods’ celebrated album he made in isolation at the height of the pandemic. Released on Wood’s Meant Well label, Without People was acclaimed as a thoughtful exploration of “fleeting interpersonal moments now under the microscope” (NPR/KUTX). So much of that album’s allure was rooted in how Woods connected with his collaborators and imparted the intimacy so many of us craved during a global health crisis. It was so successful, in fact, that it led to a deluxe edition of Without People in 2021.

Date

Jul 08 2023
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7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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