Originally from Western Pennsylvania Tim Woods has been influenced by a variety of genre’s including blues, rock, bluegrass, and jazz. When Woods turned eighteen his family relocated to Macon, Georgia and he immersed himself in the music scene promoting national acts at a local nightclub.
Later, Woods formed the Woods Family Band with his sons, Derek and Ryan; and has since shared the stage with Donna Godcheaux, George Frayne, Sonny Landreth and Mick Fleetwood. In 2002 Woods was a founding member of The Mountain Jam Band playing rock in the style of the Allman Brothers and The Grateful Dead. His deep love for the music of Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters further inspired him and in June 2005 Woods spent an intimate musical evening with “Honey Boy” Edwards, Homesick James, Sam Lay and Pinetop Perkins. In 2010 Woods released his debut album “The Blues Sessions” with Edwards, Big Jack Johnson, John Primer, Bob Stroger, Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, and Bobby Lee Rodgers. Woods, a 2012 New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee, followed up with his sophomore effort in 2018 when he released “Human Race”, also with Rodgers.
Woods decided to expand his love for Mother Earth after visiting the natural wonders of Sedona, Arizona. He explores the thought-provoking idea that vortices, or swirling centers of energy, are conducive to healing, meditation, and self-exploration; and channeled his own energy to create these ten original tracks. Woods, guitar and vocals; is again accompanied by producer Rodgers who plays guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums. Special guest Paul Hornsby plays piano on one track; while his sons provide the background vocals on another.
Woods opens this concept album with “Ready” as he embraces love “I’m always dreaming, dreaming of you”, featuring the twin guitars and Rodgers’ drums, he sets the stage for the remainder of the album. On the title track, “Vortex”, Woods sings “I’m in the desert in Sedona, something going on ‘round here”, like a man in awe of the natural beauty and Sacred Ground surrounding him; while his sons provide the backing that completes the production.
My favorite is the funky “Some of Your Love” with the lyric “wrap yourself, around me baby” and it’s the first song selected for airplay. Woods’ rocks on both the country-styled “Sometimes” and on the instrumental “Sage”. The shuffle “I Don’t Know Yet” provides an amusing interlude. The haunting ballad “Take Me Away” features a pleading Woods as he sings “I don’t know why, I made you cry”.
The anthem “Destination Unknown” features pianist Hornsby, and Rodgers who switches to organ, as Woods sings “take our chances and ride, onward we go”. On “This Mess” Woods reminds us to figure it out “get up in the morning, get up out of bed, things could be worse, well you could be dead, get yourself together, get your feet on the floor, you haven’t done enough, you could do some more”. “Water Is Life” is a Beatle-esque plea to preserve our environment for future generations.
Woods draws on influences from multiple genres on this new concept album. It results in a unique contemporary blues that will get you energized.