Sunday, September 20, 2015 @ 2pm
Piedmont Triad Farmers Market
2914 Sandy Ridge Road
The event will be held in the grass area between Buildings E and F
Presenting our very special guests:
The Wood Family Tradition
Family values, legacy, faith, and humor are just a few things that Wood Family Tradition brings as a newly formed family band in the bluegrass genre. Music, however, is nothing new to this family. Stemming from the legacy of hard driving, traditional, and original bluegrass music that the legendary banjoist/singer/songwriter AL Wood and his band The Smokey Ridge Boys began in the 60’s, the members of this family band were raised on a strict diet of bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music. The Wood Family released their first album in January of 2015, containing 13 tracks of solid bluegrass material, most of which written by members of the family. Their album and other merchandise, along with pictures, bios, and their schedule, can be found on Facebook and on http://www.woodfamilytradition.com. The family keeps in touch with their friends and fans via their Facebook page, Wood Family Tradition.
Mike Wood began his musical career at the early age of 14 as guitar player for his father and renowned banjoist, Al Wood and The Smokey Ridge Boys. His first major show was playing the world famous Bill Monroe’s bluegrass festival at Bean Blossom, Indiana. Throughout the 80’s they played annual package shows with Bill Monroe, including regular performances at Fan Fair in Nashville, TN, and other venues in the Nashville area. During this time Mike was offered the once in a life time opportunity to join Bill Monroe as guitar player, but declined because of his obligation to raise his young family and not wanting to be away from home. Continuing to perform with his father’s band, Mike has performed at the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville, TN, as well as numerous bluegrass festivals and events throughout Florida, up and down the east coast and into Washington, DC. In the mid-80’s Mike joined as bass player with well-known mandolinist, Herschel Sizemore and the Country Grass, which lead him the opportunity to play the famous WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling, WV. Mike recorded three CD projects while with his father’s band and is currently a freelance musician. He also sings bluegrass-gospel with his wife and family band, The Wood Family Tradition. He has recently just finished playing guitar tracks on a project being released by songwriter, Ray Edwards, which includes Marty Raybon and other artists.
At the ripe age of 7, Jason Wood began to play guitar. Learning numerous fiddle tunes and standard guitar repertoire. At the age of 13, Jason began to play bass with his Grandfather, renowned banjoist and band leader, A.L. Wood. At the age of 17, Jason took a try at the mandolin. In 2009, Jason was fortunate enough to tour with Constant Change and perform at numerous places as well as record a live taping of Song Of the Mountains with legendary Curly Seckler. While a young musician, his experience and expertise has put him on a professional level. Jason has been told he has a setback as far as being a musician, but in his eyes he sees it as a blessing. For those of you who know him, he is left handed. Being a south paw has made it hard for Jason because good quality, left handed instruments are hard to find. Luckily, Jason was able to locate a mandolin luthier, Bob Altman of Altman Mandolins. Bob had agreed to build him a left handed mandolin, as this was his first “lefty”. Jason was thrilled when he got it. Truly a chip off the old block, as he has been told by his peers, referring to his Grandfather. Jason gives 100% credit for his musical and singing talents to Lord God. Secondly, his Dad, Mike Wood. Mike sat with Jason, numerous hours and showed him everything he knows about music. “If it were not for my Dad, I would not be playing music”, says Jason. Currently, Jason provides instructional lessons on Guitar and Mandolin. He also performs with local and distant groups as a fill in musician. He has worked with groups such as Audie Blaylock and Redline, Tim White, Grammy nominee James King, Jeff Whittington and The Brand New Opry Show!
Bobby Wood was born in 1962 in Iredell County North Carolina, being exposed to bluegrass music all of his life he didn’t pick up his first instrument until the age of 13 a guitar bought for him by his dad. While learning the basics of music on the guitar it was a few years later he traded his guitar for a mandolin. His first band experience was at the age of seventeen playing mandolin with ‘A Touch of Grass’ playing mostly close to home. It was 1982 when he started playing bass with his dad Al Wood and the Smokey Ridge Boys. This was truly an on the job learning experience for him that lasted four years after which Bobby played freelance bass and mandolin around home. Then in 1988 the opportunity came along to play mandolin with his dad which he immediately accepted. After a lot of wonderful years of recording, and playing with his dad at some of the biggest festivals in the country the most notable to him was Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom festival he went on to play with some other great bands and perform all over the eastern U.S. ” The Long and Purdue Band” and “Dixie Creek Revival” and most recently as a member of “Ray Edwards and Hard Rock Mountain”, where he had the pleasure of playing mandolin on Ray’s new project “Portrait of a Bluegrass Songwriter”. Bobby is married and has three wonderful children and one grandchild he and his wife Lisa live in Mocksville, NC.
Mackenzie Wood was born in Shawnee, KS. As a child, she learned to sing from her grandmother, Norma Lee, who taught Mackenzie her very first songs, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” Mackenzie was a true born performer from the beginning, as she would go outside and sing as loud as she could until the neighbors came out to watch her. At a young age, she graced the stages as a dancer, and began competing and performing with the Dixie Bell Dance Troupe. While pursuing dance, Mackenzie never left singing behind. She first picked up the guitar at the age of 10 and would practice and sing for her friends and family. She also performed in the local community theatre, Theatre in the Park. Her most notable performances at TTIP include Footloose, The Wedding Singer, and Bye, Bye, Birdie. In her teenage years, dance became even more competitive, and she joined the LeDance Company, performing and competing in both dance and vocal all over the Midwest and Southeastern parts of the country. LeDance Company brought her to a national dance competition in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in 2008, and that is when she fell head over heels in love with BLUEGRASS!!! Gatlinburg was hosting a bluegrass event the same weekend she was there, and she was hooked from then on! After graduating from high school in 2008, Mackenzie moved to Missouri to pursue a college degree, and would attend Bluegrass shows and festivals whenever possible. Keeping up with her passion for musical theatre, Mackenzie starred in CATS and Big River at the Springfield Little University. She would also perform as a solo artist around the Springfield and Branson, Missouri area, singing country and bluegrass music. Now at this point you may be wondering where all of this led a Kansas girl to the Wood Family Tradition in North Carolina. Well, to put a long story short, Facebook and a looove connection! Jason and Mackenzie originally met on Facebook, and then in person at the Bluegrass and BBQ event at Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO. Six months later, they were in engaged and in June of 2012, they were joined in Holy Matrimony. It was a match made in heaven! Mackenzie fit in the Wood family right away, and has been singing with the family band for over a year! She brings tenor and high baritone harmonies, lead vocals, and good meals. Did we mention how good of a cook she is? She also does the merchandise, marketing, and assists in bookings for the band!
Joanie Wood sang with her Mother and Grandmother in church at the age of 3. As a pre-teen she joined a country band in her hometown of Graham, NC. She traveled extensively during her teen years playing such venues as Ernest Tubb’s Record Shop in Nashville TN and on Tony Grant’s “Stars of Tomorrow” in Atlantic City. Joanie married Mike Wood in 1980 and began singing duets with him in their home church. She now sings lead and harmony vocals with the Wood Family Tradition.