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RESCHEDULED Oliver Wood (of The Wood Brothers) / Ric Robertson

Oliver Wood (of The Wood Brothers)
  • Oliver Wood (of The Wood Brothers)

    Biography

    Oliver Wood is a mainstay of modern-day American roots music. The frontman of The
    Wood Brothers since 2004, he's spent the 21st century blurring the boundaries between
    folk, gospel, country-soul, and Americana, earning an international audience and a
    Grammy Award-nomination along the way. Now, with his debut solo album, Always Smilin',
    Oliver reimagines that tradition by presenting his sharp songwriting, savvy guitar
    chops, and one-of-a-kind voice in a new light. It results in an 11-song collection that
    evokes the swagger of a Saturday evening picking party one moment and the solemnity
    of a Sunday morning gospel service the next.

  • Ric Robertson

    Ric Robertson

    Biography

    Hearing Ric Robertson for the first time, you’ll be forgiven if John Prine is the first name that comes to mind. Robertson’s voice has the same soft Southern burr as Prine’s, the same Zen acceptance of humanity’s failings, and, most importantly, the same sense of playfulness in the music. There’s a bit of Willie Nelson in there too, not just from all the smoke in the air, but from the colliding elements of jazz, funk, and country. Robertson’s an American original, pulling influences from the greats that came before, but wholly responsible for creating his own creative universe. When he's not writing songs or playing music, his polymath personality fills time learning claymation, filmmaking, building puppets, learning pedal steel... He’s relentlessly creative, the musician’s musician, as testified by the fact that he’s continuously in-demand as a touring bandmate, playing with everyone from Rhiannon Giddens to The Wood Brothers. A guest list this large and varied is a testament to Robertson’s easygoing musicianship. He’s as comfortable backing up another artist onstage as he is leading his own band, and throughout he anchors his creativity in a sense of playful collaboration.

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Show Description

The Oliver Wood concert in The Ballroom at Taft Theatre has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 14, 2022. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date.


Attention fans!  
  
All attendees of the Oliver Wood Trio concert in The Ballroom at Taft Theatre on May 14 must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 OR have received a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test within 72-hours prior to entry to the event. The policy is being enacted in an effort to safeguard the health of concert-goers, touring artists and employees, and to prevent another shutdown of live music which devastated the business amidst the pandemic in 2020 thru May of 2021.     

In attending the event you certify and attest that you and all individuals in your party attending the event will follow the below regulations: 

• All fans will provide printed or digital proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours of the event, OR will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least two weeks after final dose) at the time of the event and provide proof of vaccination – either the original vaccination card, a digital copy, or a printed copy of the vaccination card with an appropriate ID matching the name on your documentation.

• Unvaccinated fans under 12 years of age will be required to take a COVID-19 diagnostic test within 72-hours of the event and will provide proof of negative result prior to entering the venue.

• Unvaccinated fans over 12 years will be required to take a COVID-19 diagnostic test within 72-hours of the event and will provide proof of negative result prior to entering the venue.

PLEASE NOTE:

• These terms will apply to all members of your party before they are allowed to enter the event and to any users of the tickets purchased by you.

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Oliver Wood of American roots band The Wood Brothers comes to Cincinnati, OH to perform in The Ballroom at Taft Theatre on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Ric Robertson will join the show as support.

Oliver Wood is a mainstay of modern-day American roots music. The front man of The Wood Brothers since 2004, he's spent the 21st century blurring the boundaries between folk, gospel, country-soul, and Americana, earning an international audience and a Grammy Award-nomination along the way. Now, with his debut solo album, Always Smilin', Oliver reimagines that tradition by presenting his sharp songwriting, savvy guitar chops, and one-of-a-kind voice in a new light. It results in an 11-song collection that evokes the swagger of a Saturday evening picking party one moment and the solemnity of a Sunday morning gospel service the next.

An album of bridges, Always Smilin’ draws on a wide range of collaborations. Guests include bandmates from Oliver's musical past and present, from mentor and co-writer Chris Long (who performed alongside Oliver in legendary Atlanta roots-rock band, King Johnson) to percussionist Jano Rix (Oliver's partner in The Wood Brothers). Blues heroine Susan Tedeschi, Hiss Golden Messenger's Phil Cook, Medeski Martin & Wood's John Medeski, Tedeschi Trucks Band's Tyler Greenwell, Nashville staple Phil Madeira, and singer/songwriter Carsie Blanton also make appearances. For Oliver, the goal was simple: to collaborate freely with a mix of old friends and new partners, embracing a new level of independence.

Embracing the full range of Oliver Wood's musical heritage, Always Smilin’ builds upon the blues and gospel sounds he explored long before The Wood Brothers' formation to the American roots music he's been making during the past two decades. It's an album of collaborations and communal recordings, spearheaded by a longtime team player who, for the first time ever, is making the final decisions himself. There will be more Wood Brothers music in the future, but this is an album about the present. An album about right now. And right now, Oliver Wood is smiling.