Woody Pines at the Boone Saloon
Meet Woody Pines.
"I go by Woody," front man Woody Woods said.
That's right. Woody Woods.
"Well, it's complicated," he laughed. "My last name is Woods, that's where you get the Woody."
His real name? Jonathan William Woods.
Music. Holler echoing, partner swaying beats with a side of country soul.
"We play ragtime-country-blues and ... swinging, really danceable upbeat music," he said.
Aided by an upright bass and a drum kit, the crew spreads its sound internationally, and Saturday Boone Saloon (489 W. King St.) gets a hefty dose.
Just off the Rhythm and Roots Festival in Bristol, Tenn., the Asheville-based group isn't your average Americana powerhouse. They're currently recording a Halloween single, and that's not all.
"Our album got No. 6 on the U.K. Americana Charts," he said. "So we have this budding European thing."
That "European thing" has transported their sound across the Atlantic already, and the group is set to return to Europe this winter.
"The venues we play there are much bigger than the Boone Saloon," he laughed.
But Woody's not one to forget where he came from. "We love playing honkytonks and little bars and stuff all around North Carolina," he said.
The crew has traveled from coast to coast ("We've been pretty much on the road constantly," he said) and can't even escape Woody Pines in Asheville.
"We all live together," Woods said.
Playing together. Touring together. And living together. It might make a lesser man mad.
Woods, who moved to Asheville from New Orleans to get exposed to the bluegrass beat doesn't even break a sweat.
"We're all friends," he said. "We were friends before the band, and we'll be friends after the band."
But for now, they're enjoying the ride.
Woody Pines plays Saturday at the Boone Saloon. Expect a $5 cover charge.