Bob Woods Music
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Bob Woods Music

Sacramento, California, United States | INDIE

Sacramento, California, United States | INDIE
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"A Sampling Of Northern California Singer-Songwriters"

We asked some folks familiar with the singer-songwriter scene for an off-the-cuff list.

Sharon Allen, Santa Cruz;

Sherry Austin, Soquel;

Lyndsey Battle, Fortuna;

Garrin Benfield, San Francisco;

Mike Blanchard, Sacramento; Chingaderos/210310830897

Mokai Blue, S.F.; www.facebook .com/mokaimusic

Dakota Sid Clifford, Grass Valley;

Marty Cohen, Sacramento;

Stevie Coyle, Larkspur;

Jim Dyar, Redding;

Alisa Fineman, Monterey;

Michael Franti, S.F.;

Kate Gaffney, S.F.;

Michael Gaither, Watsonville;

Tamra Godey, Somerset;

Jackie Greene, S.F.;

Keith Greeninger, Santa Cruz;

Merle Haggard, Palo Cedro,

Eileen Hemphill-Haley, McKinleyville;

Moss Henry, Sonoma County;

Dan Hicks, Mill Valley;

Rita Hosking, Davis;

Jay Howlett, Pacifica;

Dana Hubbard, Berkeley;

Kimball Hurd, Monterey;

Josephine Johnson, Eureka;

Travis Jones, Alameda;

Dayan Kai, Freedom;

Paul Kamm and Eleanore MacDonald, Nevada City;

Greg Lamboy, Bay Area;

Laurie Lewis, Berkeley;

Tamara Little, Stockton; www.

MaMuse - Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker, Chico;

Richard March, Sacramento;

Michael McNevin, Fremont;

Jonny Mojo, Placerville;

Ben Morrison, San Francisco;

Lila Nelson, Arcata;

Todd Novak, Bay Area;

Chris Parreira, Arcata;

Chuck Prophet, S.F.;

Elliot Randall, San Francisco;

Angie Rose, Mendocino County;

Peter Rowan, Marin County;

Michelle Shocked, S.F.;

JL Stiles, S.F.;

Earl Thomas, Trinidad;

Trout and Parrot - Jillian Secor and Alex Stephens, Placerville;

Melody Walker, East Bay;

Patrice Webb, Georgetown;

Chris Webster, Davis;

Bob Woods, Sacramento;

Sources: Patrick Cleary, general manager of KHUM-FM in Ferndale; singer-songwriter Michael Gaither of Watsonville; Wesley Robertson, host of "Rockin' & Stompin' " on KVMR-FM in Nevada City; Bee copy editor Tom Sellers; and Matt Semonsen of the American River Music Festival.

- The Sacramento Bee

"The Lineup: Our critics pick the best things to do this weekend"

Americana and rockabilly are the tunes of Bob Woods, who has played with the likes of Tiny Moore, Bill Kirchen and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, among others. He started playing music in 1971 with the Sacramento western swing band Tokpela, then founded the Nevada City club wonder band, the Bob Woods Trio. Now, his four-piece band (Woods on guitar and vocals, Pete Kmeto on bass and accordion, Steve Namle on drums and Ray Elzey on pedal steel) is crankin' out the sounds. The lovely and wonderful Kate Gaffney also is on the bill. -Jim Carnes
- The Sacramento Bee

"Bob Woods Band CD Release & Video Shoot"

Sacramento musician Bob Woods goes way back. He started playing music in 1971 with the Sacramento Western swing band Tokpela. He then went on to form the Nevada City club favorite band the Bob Woods Trio. He’s played with a slew of notable cats, including Tiny Moore, Bill Kirchen and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, among others. Now, his current four-piece band (Woods on guitar and vocals, Pete Kmeto on bass and accordion, Steve Namie on drums and Ray Elzey on pedal steel), is readying their full-length, This Town, for release on March 12, 2011 at Marilyn’s on K. The group will also be shooting a music video that night, so bring your dancin’ shoes and your best moves, and you just might end up in the final cut. Also performing will be Nothin’ Personal and Dirt Nap Band. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are just $10 at the door. If you RSVP ahead of time, you’ll save yourself five bucks. Posted on 09 March 2011 by dubs. -

"Real Musicians Have Day Jobs"

Bob Woods has no ambition to be a star — but there are plenty of bands who want him to star on their team as lead guitar.

They also like to play the rockabilly songs he writes and sings.

Besides his own band the Bob Woods Trio, Woods — a part-time resident of Nevada City — also plays for the Shay Dillon Band, Cousin Cricket and Sticky Vikki and the Pinecones.

In his nearly 40-year career, he’s played with the legendary Surfaris, the Foothill Flyers and Gary Campbell and the Stardust Cowboys.

He also has sat in with Commander Cody, Asleep at the Wheel, Albert Lee and Tiny Moore — and that’s just hitting the high spots in his musical odyssey.

Meanwhile, he’s approaching the 20-year mark in two day jobs. Woods is a part-time IBM mainframe programmer for the state of California, and he’s a railroad engineer,

locomoting for the Sierra Railroad, the Sierra Northern and the California Northern (the

“skunk train” that runs from Willits to Ft. Bragg).

Woods drives trains some weekends and plays gigs the others.

The 1993 traffic accident death of his close friend and fellow musician, bass-player

Gordon Burdick, diverted Woods into railroading. At the time, he already was involved as a volunteer with the Sacramento Railroad Museum.

“When Gordon died, I said that’s it. It’s time to walk away,” he recalled.

Walking full circle
That walk-away in the summer of 1994 took him all the way to Sweden, where Woods helped restore a mothballed steam locomotive. He jokes he learned the words for “crescent wrench” in Swedish, Polish, and German.

When he returned to the States, his experience with the railroad museum landed him a job as an engineer with the Yolo Shortline in Woodland. Eventually, he was engineering for three short rail lines.

As karma would have it, the railroad brought Woods back to music. Riding the rails is a “musical experience,” he said.

He began writing railroad songs and produced two CDs of train folk music.

Most of Woods’ Nevada County country rock fans don’t even know the railroad side of his life or his acoustic music. They just know his kick-butt Telecaster and down-home voice rocking out on his original songs like his signature “Hillbilly Cadillac.”

Lately, the Bob Woods Trio — featuring drummer Skip Alan Smith and bassist Billy Smart — has been attracting a regular crowd every first and third Friday at the Chief Crazy Horse Inn in Nevada City.

Woods, 58, called it the “geezers’ gig: Party like an animal and be home by 10.” The band plays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to a lively, full house of mostly older folks who forgot they were supposed to grow up.

Looking back on his career, Woods admitted he might have advanced further.

“I just had no clue about doing the business (of music). Besides, I think it would be a pain in the butt to be a Bob Dylan.”

Tom Durkin is a freelance writer based in Nevada City. For comments on this article, e-mail or call 477-4230. -


Hillbilly Cadillac (Vinyl)
The Night We Stole The Last Steam Engine
Don't Forget The Trains
Almost Live
Railroad Money

Coming Soon:
Playin' the Blues



Bob Woods started playing music in 1971 with the Sacramento Western Swing band Tokpela. Since then he's shared the stage with The Surfaris, Tiny Moore, Bill Kirchen, Albert Lee, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Pete Grant, Gene Parsons, Billy Joe Shaver, Kate Gaffney, and others. Woods has released six, original albums: Hillbilly Cadillac (vinyl), The Night We Stole the Last Steam Engine, Don't Forget the Trains, Almost Live, Railroad Money, and most recently iN 2011,This Town. He is currently writing and recording both his seventh album, Playin The Blues, and his eighth album, SwampBillys.