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2 reviews »Though I've certainly pulled my fair share of Wooden Wand records from the Norman Records stock room I've pretty much never knowingly heard any of his music. I assumed he'd be on the whole Cam Deas/solo guitar hero vibe or perhaps on more of a folky tip so I was fairly surprised when I pressed play on the CD player and was confronted with Bruce Springsteen meets Tom Petty style country tinge ... »

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Briarwood by Wooden Wand
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8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 10 November 2011

Though I've certainly pulled my fair share of Wooden Wand records from the Norman Records stock room I've pretty much never knowingly heard any of his music. I assumed he'd be on the whole Cam Deas/solo guitar hero vibe or perhaps on more of a folky tip so I was fairly surprised when I pressed play on the CD player and was confronted with Bruce Springsteen meets Tom Petty style country tinged American Rock n' Roll. Wooden Wand a.k.a James Jackson Toth is teamed up here with Duquette Johnston (formerly of Verbena) and the Gum Creek Killers. After a brief recording session for a single Toth declared it to be one of the most positive recording experiences he ever had, and immediately wanted to make a whole record this way. The result is the epic 'Briarwood'. To me it sounds like a fairly conventional Rock n' Roll record you might expect someone like Wilco or one of them mature alt. country/rock bands to be making nowadays. I was kinda hoping for something a little more exciting but I reckon this will be well received by the right ears. It's a massively lush production with a definite air of casual confidence in the songwriting that can only come from an artist clearly comfortable in his skin. I'm not sold on this one but I like the fact that Toth has a tattoo on his wrist that reads "What Would Neil Young Do?". I mean, what would Neil Young do? Add a vocoder is my guess.


9/10 Ste Toth Customer review,

i've met James earlier this year, in York.
A thoroughly Nice, engaging and erstwhile performer...got my copy of ''Briarwood'' via kickstarter which funded the album way back in april.With a nice note inside[personal touch]thanking me for support.

After a few listens i appreciate the amount of work and diversity from the last album'' death seat'' more raunchier and rock based, whilst still having a folk/country angle.

You can't help but tap out as well...Muscians of Wooden Wand's prolific output and Difference in changing styles are few and far between.

A must for Americana fans who like to Rock!!

Ste Toth [no relation]


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