Donovan Woods and The Opposition – Tickets – Jammin Java – Vienna, VA – October 2nd, 2018

Donovan Woods and The Opposition

Donovan Woods and The Opposition

Luke Mitchem

Tuesday October 02, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

Advance $12 | Day of $15

This event is all ages

• Full dinner and drink menu available

• The Premier Plus section is a raised area with great views and reserved seats and tables. There is a dedicated server for faster service

Donovan Woods
Donovan Woods
Donovan Woods’ new album is a study in contrasts, as one would expect from its name: Both Ways.

That push-and-pull, especially in relationships, has long been Woods’ stock in trade. As the lead track of Both Ways, “Good Lover” unfolds with acoustic instruments and Woods’ quietly compelling delivery -- not what a listener might expect from the title alone. That masterful perspective has led to nominations for the Polaris Prize and the Juno Awards. In addition, his single “What Kind of Love Is That?” climbed to No. 1 on the CBC Top 20 Chart, while his catalog has accrued over 45 million streams.

Woods is also a notable Nashville writer with credits by Billy Currington, Charles Kelley, Tim McGraw and Charlie Worsham. NPR Music stated, "There are very few writers who can make you laugh and break your heart in the same song.” No Depression noted that Woods’ style is “as fresh and captivating as any out there.”

In Both Ways, Woods shows the rare ability to distill complicated situations and emotions into songs that are intriguing and relatable. Perhaps the collection’s most beautiful song is “I Ain’t Ever Loved No One,” a duet with Rose Cousins. The song captures that moment of bringing someone home to meet the family, using it as a backdrop to the anxieties of falling in love. True to the album title, a listener could either imagine a happily-ever-after ending or hear it as an ode to the one that got away. In most cases, Woods prefers to leave lyrics open to interpretation.

“The writing I always liked is about things that are indicative of a world but not the entire world. They lead you into the room and then let you fill in the details. One detail that makes you go, ‘OK, I feel like I understand.’ As long as you find that one detail, that's the key. That's the one you stick with and the rest is up to people's imagination,” he says.

As Both Ways progresses, radio-friendly songs like “I Live a Little Lie” and “Easy Street” employ a full-band sound to flesh out the sonic landscape. A number of the songs are guitar-driven, yet they stop short of full-blown rock ‘n’ roll. With his typically droll sense of humor, Woods notes, “I know that nobody likes rock music anymore. I don't even really like it anymore.” But he says the more aggressive moments on Both Ways are inspired by camaraderie in the studio and on tour, as well as the pop and R&B music he heard growing up in Sarnia, Ontario, where he could pick up the radio stations out of Detroit.

Both Ways concludes with “Next Year,” one of five songs on the album he co-wrote in Nashville, where he has a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music. The poignant narrative follows a boy through adolescence and adulthood, where hopes and dreams are in a race against time. While the lyrics are drawn from Woods’ own life, the experiences are universal.
Luke Mitchem
Luke Mitchem
Raised in the southwest corner of Missouri as a child of a nurse and a metal maker, Luke was warmed by the voices of Bruce Springsteen, Jim Croce, and The Doors.. The passing of the seasons brought on influences from The Counting Crows to Tom Waits. Luke’s love for music matured over time from fan to writer to performer.

With a batch full of poems turned into songs, Luke recorded his first of three albums in less than 18 months, It Won’t Last Forever, A Fading Frontier, and Love, Laura and The Bomb. In 2012 Luke harnessed his landscape storytelling in his fourth album, Winter Kissing on the Spring ...

In the Spring of 2015, Luke released his 5th album, For You, I Built a Mountain, with one of his most influential inspirations, Joshua James, as producer.

Luke is currently working on several creative projects to include an indie film based on his album, For You, I Built a Mountain, his first collection of short stories, and his next full length album, A Heart Full of Wolves (TBA).
Venue Information:
Jammin Java
227 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA, 22180
https://jamminjava.com/