The Deep Dark Woods

Deep Dark Woods announce Yarrow – 10/27/17

by Woody on October 14, 2017

The Deep Dark Woods are back after a 5 year hiatus after 2013’s Jubilee. Fronted by Ryan Boldt, DDW has always been a HearYa fave. They’ve been in for a couple of live sessions and played our SXSW party a couple of times as well. Yarrow will be out Oct 27th via the fine folks at Six Shooter Records. Here’s some info on the album from their site.

Floods and plagues, ghosts and slaughter: woe to those who populate the songs of Yarrow. A gentle summer breeze swings the gallows ropes, flowers bloom callously on lovers’ graves. These anthems are definitely not from Eden. The Deep Dark Woods’ newest album was borne in a fever – scarlet fever, to be medically specific. A disease of the last century is a fitting backdrop for songs that dig bare handed into the loam to unearth the corpses of old English folk and country blues

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The Deep Dark Woods – Jubilee [album review]

by Woody on December 10, 2013

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It truly boggles my mind that The Deep Dark Woods has not found a wider audience in the States. The music they produce harkens great acts such as Dylan, The Dead and The Band; but yet every song they produce sounds as fresh as a spring morning. Their talent is boundless and after spending time with them on a few occasions, I can say without question – they are as genuine as they come.

Jubilee is their fifth album and one that hopefully will see them plying their trade to a larger crowds. Helping them with their cause is Jonathan Wilson who produced Jubilee. When I heard that Wilson was going to be tweaking the knobs for Jubilee, my heart sang out in glee. I couldn’t think of a better match. Both Wilson & DDW have such a deep appreciation for the music of yesteryear but the skill and willingness to put their own stamp on a brand of music they love so much.

First off, I love what Wilson has done with the tunes that bassist, Chris Mason sings. The opening tune, Miles and Miles is some swampy, scuzzy psychedelia that eases into an different realm every time lead singer, Ryan Boldt pops up on background vocals. The seven minute tune The Beater also sees Mason doing some of his best work. Mason’s vocals have never sounded better. If I was him, I would have Wilson come with me wherever I went – ordering dinner for him, picking out t-shirts, new bedding, etc.

Shirk posted the video for Jubilee last week and that is an achingly beautiful tune of hope and perseverance. The vocals don’t pour out of Boldt, but limp out of his mouth as if Boldt is on his last legs while singing the track. But the track of the album and, in my opinion, the whole of their five albums is The Same Thing. This is a track that Jerry, Phil and crew would have been proud to be kicking out in the early 70s at The Fillmore. When they ease into that Booker T jam in the 4th minute, you are listening to a band that is clicking on all cylinders.

The Deep Dark Woods are a HearYa band through and through. If HearYa ever spawns a talk show, these guys would be our house band. We’d make Ryan Boldt grow a big afro like Questlove and knock out one liners. I simply can’t say enough good things about their music and them as people. Go buy their albums and get them the recognition they so richly deserve.

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Promised Land Sound – s/t debut

by Woody on September 20, 2013

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Promised Land Sound are a four-piece out of Nashville that evolved from the garage rock scene that spawned Pujol and JEFF the Brotherhood. Transitioning into a more twangy inspired sound came over time. Lead singer, Sean Thompson said, “It takes time to learn who you are creatively before you can really start writing your own music. At least for me.”

Also consisting of brothers, Joey & Evan Scala and Ricardo Alessio, the self-titled debut is out on Paradise of Bachelors label; the same label that gave us the Hiss Golden Messenger’s phenomenal Haw. It would be easy to say this music is derivative and unoriginal because it is so heavily influenced by acts like Gram Parsons, The Band and the Honky Tonk version of The Stones. But I would say bullshit to that. Much like HearYa favorite, The Deep Dark Woods, Promised Land Sound is able to put their stamp on a brand of music that has given us so much joy and make it their own.

This is accomplished by quality songwriting, excellent work in the studio and some top-notch playing. At every turn the songs come off as fresh and inventive. The two songs below are indicative of the quality that you get throughout. Fadin’ Fast is a wonderfully sad country classic complete with mournful slide guitar. Empty Vase shows off some Big Star style chops in a tight pop-influenced tune.

This is one of my favorite debuts of 2013 and I can’t wait to see them live. As for Paradise of Bachelors, they are firmly on our radar as a label that is consistently putting out quality.

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Promised Land Sound can be found here.

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I know the five people that are reading this are asking themselves? Self, why is Woody posting about Jonathan Wilson & The Deep Dark Woods together? Well, in addition to them both phenomenal – Jonathan Wilson produced the 4th effort by The Deep Dark Woods titled Jubilee. Jubilee will be hitting the market on Oct. 1 via Six Shooter Records. We’ve been smitten with DDW for quite some time now. Slowly, they are starting to get their due. In the words of DDW, here is why they chose to work with Wilson.

The desire to translate the intuitive aspects of their live performances to a record led them to producer Jonathan Wilson. As patron saint of the present-day Laurel Canyon folk revival, which breathes new life into California’s richly experimental musical history, Wilson is a going concern in the woozy world of neopsychedelic breakout acts, most notably as producer of Father John Misty’s 2012 success Fear Fun. “His involvement with some musicians who have had an influence on us also tipped us off that maybe this was the right guy. They had a vast knowledge of the equipment and techniques that were used to make some of our favourite records,” Goetz says of the choice to work with Wilson and engineer Bryce Gonzales, who both joined the band during the two-week cabin recording experience.

You can find HearYa sessions with The Deep Dark Woods here and here.

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Two weeks later, Jonathan Wilson’s sophomore effort Fanfare is coming out on Bella Union and Downtown Records. For those not familiar with Jonathan Wilson, he is a fantastic talent and producer. Check out the this link to hear him do an unreal cover of Madonna’s La Isla Bonita, complete with War Pigs riff. There are two new songs to sample down below as well as J.J. Cale cover.

There is whole host of people chipping in on this one. Fanfare features vocal and instrumental contributions from many of Wilson’s friends, including Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty), Wilco’s Patrick Sansone, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith and Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. For Wilson, Fanfare is a celebration of friends and family. Additionally, Wilson and British folk legend Roy Harper co-wrote several songs on the record.

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The Deep Dark Woods – The Place I Left Behind [Album Review]

October 19, 2011

There isn’t a band in existence that I’ve evangelized more than The Deep Dark Woods. I have recommended them to family and friends and nearly all have fallen in love with the warm folk sounds produced by these Canadians.  I was on a business trip not long ago and it was the most turbulent flight […]

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The Deep Dark Woods prepare to release The Place I Left Behind [new mp3]

July 1, 2011

The Deep Dark Woods powered my recent trip to Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri and have been a staple in my music rotation for years. We’ve also become friends over the years, connecting at shows in various cities and inviting them to perform at past SxSW parties in Austin. The Canadian folkies are set […]

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The Deep Dark Woods – Under The Covers, Live Session #82

January 4, 2011

In a conversation with The Deep Dark Woods last year (after many tall cans of beer) I mistakenly referred to their hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as “Saskatchatoon.” It may be the only time Ive seen the band without smiles on their faces. But, like any good drinkers, they have much respect for the drunken slur […]

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The Deep Dark Woods cover The Grateful Dead [Session Preview]

December 31, 2010

Happy New Year y’all! We recorded a live session with The Deep Dark Woods back in September and Shirk is putting the finishing touches on the mixes. Unlike our previous session with The Deep Dark Woods, this one features only cover songs. I’m still on vacation, but here’s a sneak peak of the Canadians performing The Grateful Dead’s […]

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The Sheepdogs, Learn and Burn [Album, Concert Review]

October 23, 2010

Apparently, theres a saying that “nothing ever comes out of Saskatchewan, Canada except hookers and hockey players.” Nonetheless, there are at least two bands that are making a strong case for the statement to be augmented to include musicians. The Deep Dark Woods, a longtime favorite of HearYas, are one. While the other band, The […]

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Hey Atlanta, let’s meet up at The Deep Dark Woods.

September 15, 2010

Tomorrow night at Smith’s Olde Bar, let’s drink in some country-folk jams courtesy of one of my favorite bands, The Deep Dark Woods. Luke Doucet opens and DDW will hit the stage at 9:45pm. I’ll be the guy flexing his muscles. Tweet

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