Review of Jo-Jo O’ & The Woods
‘Old Friends & Lost Souls.’
There is a seductive feel to this album. Jo-Jo O’Donoghue and Rylan Woods have a rich bayou sound of national steel guitars, foot-stomping 1/3 blue grass and laid back 70’s California harmonies in the Nicks / Buckingham vein.
O’Donoghue’s voice, reminiscent of Elkie Brooks in the Vinegar Joe days, has shades of the great blues singer Bessie Smith throughout, while Woods’ has a more subtle tone – on the last track ‘Cradle To The Grave.’, the sparse opening and pared back production give his vocals a haunting quality.
The six tracks are all highly polished, radio-friendly tracks – from the foot-stomping opening line ‘Converse shoes..cowboy boots we were young’ on ‘Old Friends’ through to O’Donoghue stretching the vocal range on ‘Gypsy Blues’, the band plough through ‘My Babe’, ‘Sweet Alexandra’ and ‘Oh Brother’ with an innate assurance of their genre.
For fans of John Fogarty, Blues Revivial, Tex-mex, and Alt-country; JoJo & The Woods take these influences and meld them into a unique spare Southern Comfort sound.