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Blues Hall of Fame Inductee who recorded a masterpiece blues album
Blues guitarist, singer, and song writer Tim Woods is an Earwig Music recording artist who performs at top blues clubs around the country including Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero club in Clarksdale Mississippi and in New York City at BB Kings, Kenny’s Castaway, and The Turning Point. His critically acclaimed debut album "“Tim Woods The Blues Sessions” earned Woods his induction into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2012. Tim is noted for his unique original style in which he plays and picks using his thumb allowing him to play both lead and rhythm while interchanging chords and licks. Tim Woods has performed for over 25 years on the southwest Pennsylvania blues circuit and at clubs and festivals across the county. During his career he has appeared and/or recorded with Honeyboy Edwards, Commander Cody, Big Jack Johnson, Sonny Landreth, Donna Godcheaux, Billy Price and others well known artists.  

Tim Woods gained national attention in the blues world with his classic album “Tim Woods The Blues Sessions” that was released on Earwig Music in 2010. The album features sixteen prominent blues musicians playing on twelve tracks with Woods on vocals and guitar. Legendary bluesman David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards performs “Bad Whiskey & Cocaine" and two other of his classic tunes. The album was carefully recorded over a six month journey to a series of sessions at studios in Chicago, Atlanta and Clarksdale Mississippi. Performing with Woods are the pianist Allan Batts and Aaron Moore, guitarists Big Jack Johnson, John Primer, Bobby Lee Rodgers and Eric Noden, drummers Lee Williams and Kenny Smith, Earwig Music owner Michael Frank on harp and others like Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith, Ike Stubblefield, Bob Stroger, and Terry “Big T” Williams. The album earned high praise from many blues publications, Downbeat, Vintage Guitar, and the All Music Guide.

"The Blues Sessions" is a Album that defines a moment when the blues was the blues and it also defines an artist, namely Tim Woods, whom not only understands the true blues, but he is also one whom is more than able to relay that magic to all of us. …This Album shows us the uniqueness of an Artist whom is willing to wait for something really special before making a commitment to share it with his audience, and in doing so has created, I think, a little bit of a very enduring blues masterpiece. This is an exceptional Album and a must have for any lover of Simply The Blues, Done Simply. -Review By John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network) 

“Every track is precious, every measure full of fun, as Woods shapes these immortal icons of blues into a unified whole that is much greater than the sum of their parts, inspired and loaded with integrity.” Michael G. Nastos Allmusic Guide review of “Tim Woods The Blues Sessions”

"He’s got himself a winner with The Blues Sessions. It’s loaded from top to bottom with great blues music taken from multiple eras and from multiple sources. All in all, it’s an inspired tribute to all the artists who helped pave the way for their modern disciples." - Graham Clarke Blues Byles Pick Hit Aug 2010

"A great selection of songs and superb musicianship make this enjoyable CD a keeper." - Jack Naughton San Diego Blues Review

“A fine and spirited outing that balances sincerity with musical exuberance, this one’s a winner.” - John Taylor Blogcritics.org Jul 27, 2010

Irwin Beginnings

Tim Woods grew up in Irwin Pennsylvania. His father played Boogie Woogie piano and his older brothers exposed him to jazz, blues, bluegrass and rock. The blues of Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters became his favorites. He began playing guitar at age 15 on a hand-me-down Harmony Stella.

Macon Music in Georgia

At age 18 Woods moved with his family to Macon, Georgia home of Capricorn records.  There he worked at a nightclub that booked nationally known blues and rock artists.  His job was to advertise, coordinate and announce the shows.  He made musical friendships with many of the artists who appeared.  Woods began his professional music career in Georgia playing psychedelic blues in improvisational rock ‘n’ roll bands long before the “jam band” genre was popularized.

Jammin in da Burgh  

Returning to the Pittsburgh area Tim studied guitar with Piedmont Blues guitar master Ernie Hawkins to learn the complex finger picking style of Hawkin’s mentor Reverend Gary Davis. 

Tim founded the blues rock jam rock the "Mountain Jam Band" in 2002.  They performed music in the style of Allman Brothers and the Grateful Dead.  The band featured Woods and veteran pedal steel guitarist Danny Kemp, who had played with the popular country rock band Sweetwater before he toured with Conway Twitty and Boxcar Willie.  The band's rhythm section consisted of bassist Donny Kemp, Scott Heberling on congas and percussion, and drummer Scott Ainsley.  They appeared in Western Pa and West Virginia clubs such as Dimitris in Cheat Lake, Jamies in Pittsburgh, and the Double D Saloon in Confluence, Pa.  The Mountain Jam Band disbanded in 2009 after the death of a key member.  

Tim also performed as a solo act a clubs and music festivals throughout the United States.  One engagements was an acoustic tribute to Bob Marley at the Sandals resort in Jamaica.

The Blues Sessions
Upon seeing a picture of "Honey Boy" Edwards in a blues magazine Tim Woods decided he wanted to meet the legendary bluesman. He told his guitar instructor Ernie Hawkins about his dream. Hawkins had a similar dream when he was 18. Ernie had started his blues journey when he called Piedmont style blues master Reverend Gary Davis asking for guitar lessons. Hawkins who had studied with Gary Davis for a year encouraged Woods follow his dream by contacting Honey Boy. He told Woods that Honeyboy lived in Chicago where he was managed by Michael Frank owner of the Earwig Music record label. Tim called Michael Frank in Chicago. In conversation he discovered that Frank also grew up in Pittsburgh, fell in love with the blues, and pursued his own dream when he moved to Chicago where he met Honeyboy and became his harp player and manager. With their common strong interest in classic blues Michael and Tim became friends. 

Michael invited Tim to Honeyboy’s 90th birthday party in Chicago in June of 2005. At the party Woods met legendary bluesmen Homesick James, Pinetop Perkins, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Sam Lay and Honeyboy. Meeting those pioneering blue musicians Woods decided he wanted to help preserve their music. This led to his idea of “the blues sessions” recordings as a tribute to legendary masters of the blues. When the Mountain Jam Band broke up Woods decided to work on his pet project.

Woods asked Michael Frank if he could record an album of classic blues tunes with veteran artists. Michael agreed to record the album and release it on the Earwig label. Jointly they came up with a list of blues artists and songs for the project. Beginning in 2009 Woods began a six month journey traveling to studios in the heart of blues country to record. In Chicago Woods recorded three songs with "Honey Boy" Edwards and four other tunes. In the Clarksville Sound Recording Studio Woods recorded two songs with Big Jack Johnson and Allen Batts. At Tree Sound in Atlanta he recorded with Bobby Lee Rogers and Ike Stubblefield. Woods produced the album

Woods held his CD release party on June 17, 2010 the Shafton Fire Hall in his hometown of Irwin Pa with opening act the Mystic Knights. Earwig Music released the album on June 18 to critical praise and radio airplay around the world. The album was featured on 42 broadcast radio stations in the U.S. on the syndicated radio show Blues Deluxe that is aired on 103 stations, the popular Blues Banana Podcast, and blues shows on radio stations in France, Germany, The U.K. Italy, Demark, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia, Canada, Argentina, and Australia.  The album reached number 9 on the Roots Music International Airplay charts in 2010.  It won won the Blues Revue "Sponsor the Band" contest along with releases from superstars Gregg Allman and Buddy Guy in the Jan-Feb 2011 issue.

The blues session album drew attended from the Blues Hall of Fame. Woods was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame on August 19, 2012 at the Hall of Fame Awards held at Kenny’s Castaway in New York City. He performed with the Michael Packer Blues Band, Roger Earl of Foghat and other blues hall of fame inductees.
Live at Kenny's Castaway
Blues Sessions
Blues Hall of Fame
Mountain Jam Band
Michael Frank, Tim & The Electric Man Clarksdale, MS