Pickathon photo by John Keel

Barn-stomping band of brothers Chris and Oliver Wood are returning to The Fillmore for two nights of back porch Americana this weekend, Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25.

The brothers Wood, along with multi-instrumentalist virtuoso Jano Rix, make up the Nashville-based and jazz-laced Americana trio, The Wood Brothers. Their latest album, One Drop of Truth, is the sixth studio release from the trio. Released late in January 2018, One Drop of Truth features no guest musicians and "is the most purely Woods Brothers’ album we've ever made,” Oliver states in the press release.

Whereas their previous outings have often followed a conceptual and sonic through-line, here the band treats each song as if it were its own short film.

“Instead of going into one studio and recording it all at the same time, we picked a couple studios, and started to experiment,” says Chris Wood on the band's website. “Sometimes we’d just make demos of songs to see if we got anything we liked. There was no pressure, and that really freed us up."

Check out the video for "Happiness Jones," The Wood Brothers' first single from the new album.

As you can tell from "Happiness Jones," calling an LP the "purest Wood Brothers album ever made" is hardly pigeonholing them. Captured throughout the album is a high energy blues with equal parts stage magic and unbridled emotion. But it's not always initially obvious exactly what that emotion is.

Bassist Chris Wood, the dancing-half subject from the video, channels the same mechanics on stage with his instrument. Oliver is less stone-faced on stage than his restrictive performance in the video suggests, too. It's hard to sit still when so much ferocious music is pouring through.

“‘Happiness Jones’ is a playful song, but with a tinge of cynicism. It actually honors the value of UN-happiness," Oliver told Rolling Stone Country. "It’s something we take for granted, but most of our personal transformations come from when we hit bottom. That’s how we get in shape, get sober, or get spiritual, etc. These days we’re all addicted to the idea of being and staying happy — but there’s gotta be an ebb and flow.”

If you're not participating this week in Noise Pop, don't sleep on the Wood Brothers at the Fillmore. It's going to be a bona fide good time.

The Wood Brothers, The Mastersons
Saturday, February 24, 2018
The Fillmore

The Wood Brothers, The Mastersons
Sunday, February 25, 2018
The Fillmore
$27.50, 7PM