The country/Americana troubadours kick off their Connoisseurs of Lesser Things tour.
Matt Woods is no stranger to trouble. As a purveyor of good ole outlaw country, he’s penned more than his fair share of tunes about murderers, boozers, and no-good ramblin’ men. So when trouble comes a’knockin’ on his front door, Woods does what you pretty much expect him to do. “I typically invite trouble in. At least that is the way I have been gathering material for new songs lately,” the Nashville singer-songwriter says. “I suppose at some point a man would be smart to head the other way and try to avoid it.” Well, we’re glad Woods hasn’t turned and run just yet. His latest release, The Matt Woods Manifesto, is a rowdy, rollicking clash of country rock and rockin’ country. “I spent a lot of time in higher-energy rock bands prior to doing my own thing, and after years on the road touring, I have adopted some of that punk-rock ethos. I am my own label, booking agent, manager, etc.,” Woods says. “Mix all of that in with growing up in Appalachia and listening to bluegrass as a kid, then moving into rock and punk as a teenager, and I guess that might be part of what directs those upbeat tunes.” —Chris Haire