The Wood Brothers’ Oliver Wood Shares Single ‘Soul Of This Town’ Featuring Phil Cook

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Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers released “Soul Of This Town,” his first ever solo single, via Thirty Tigers. Wood co-wrote and recorded “Soul Of This Town” with Phil Cook.

The song also features Oliver’s son, Kieran Wood on horns. “Soul Of This Town” marks Oliver and Kieran’s first documented performance together. Oliver and Phil began work on the song last year and the downtime from the COVID-19 pandemic gave the pair the opportunity to complete “Soul Of This Town.”

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Read a statement from Oliver Wood about “Soul Of This Town” below:

‘Soul Of This Town’ is a full-on collaboration with my friend Phil Cook. The first time I heard Phil’s music I knew right away I wanted to sing and play with him. We didn’t know each other then, but when a mutual friend introduced us, we hit it off immediately, and made plans to write together. A few months later Phil was coming through Nashville and we booked a few hours in the studio. The week before he came he sent me chords and a melody he had. He didn’t have lyrics, but he did reference Bob Dylan’s ‘Nashville Skyline’ and mentioned the present day rapid growth of Nashville, cranes everywhere and the face of the town changing with every visit. I loved Phil’s ideas and thought about Nashville, and then thought more universally about a lot of cities where gentrification is not only changing the look of the place, but displacing so many people. Cities are literally selling their souls in the name of growth and progress, which obviously doesn’t benefit everyone (though you’d think it should and could). I immediately wrote a few verses and a chorus and sent it back to Phil. He got excited and wrote a few verses too, and by the time we got to the studio it didn’t take us long to flesh it out and perform it live together. We recorded what we thought would be a demo of the song, but it turned out we loved having captured our first performance together and it felt special enough to keep and release.

Listen to “Soul Of This Town”:

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