by Bao Le-Huu
Matt Woods & Larry Fulford at Will's Pub (photo by Michael Lothrop)
While BJ Barham, who played this stage only a few days earlier, has won the hearts and minds of locals, Knoxville’s Matt Woods (Aug. 7, Will’s Pub) has actually incorporated some into his band, returning again with Orlando boy Larry Fulford keeping time as usual. And they spun Woods’ hard neo-traditionalist country with the usual heart and gusto.
Caleb Caudle at Will's Pub (photo by Michael Lothrop)
But what he did bring new was North Carolina tourmate Caleb Caudle, who left a good impression on Orlando debut. More than just a checklist revivalist, he builds his music more on folk soul than country cliché. And in his path of emotional gravity, he’s the kind of songwriter confident enough to stretch out and take some time.
(photo by Michael Lothrop)
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