Leslie Woods & Dark Mountain Orchid

Leslie Woods & Dark Mountain Orchid


Leslie Woods and her band, Dark Mountain Orchid hail from Knoxville, Tennessee. Her haunting songs of longing, obsession, addiction, and murder have invited comparisons with Flannery O’Connor, Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Etta James.


Raised in East Tennessee, Leslie grew up with music. Her father and grandfather both played guitar and sang in the old mountain style, and her mother played auto harp and sang bawdy honky tonk songs during the long trips they made to Louisiana, where they spent a good deal of their summers.
The result can be experienced best during thier live
shows, which have been called shimmering, chilling and haunting.
She is backed by Dark Mountain Orchid, a phenomenal band that includes husband Jeff Woods on acoustic bass.
Tom Backus on drums, percussion and vocals.
Bob Deck on electric guitar.
Sean O'Connell on mandolin, banjo, concertina,acoustic guitar and harmonica.
Bob Deck grew up in Detroit, influenced by music as diverse as that city's own eclectic sonic signature. After many years as an acoustic musician, he turned primarily to electric guitar in the 90's. Stylistically, his sound is clearly influenced by contemporary players like Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot. With Dark Mountain Orchid though, he functions as more than a lead player, most often joining the rhythm section to provide support for Leslie's narratives.
Drummer/Producer Tom Backus, originally from NY state, grew up with the drums. A Berklee and Eastman grad, he has been performing professionally since he was eleven years old. He has performed with punk bands, drum corps, big bands and jazz ensembles. He has shared the stage with The Go-Go's, Johnny Thunders, The Cramps, The Ramones and Joan Jett. As a recording engineer, his credits include Natalie Cole - "Unforgettable", Micheal Omartian, Marie Osmond, Quiet Riot and Peter Cetera.
Signed to the Glitterhouse Records label at the beginning of 2005, Leslie Woods and Dark Mountain Orchid are now enjoying new fans, with both cd's being distributed across Europe by Glitterhouse.
Leslie Woods & Dark Mountain Orchid have shared the stage with acts such as, R.B. Morris, Jolie Holland, Lucero, Vic Chestnut and Sparklehorse.
Venues they have played include The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, The Orange Peel in Asheville, The Tennessee Theatre, Blue Cats Lounge, The Laurel Theatre and The Down Home in Johnson City.


Velvet Sky - 2002 - Radio airplay "Velvet Sky"
The Luxury of Sin - 2004 - Radio airplay "Train", "Everyday Fevers"

Set List

Everyday Fevers
I Am What
I Lied
Say Anything
Little Bit of Me
Save it for me
I was younger then
Heart is Black
Evil down Inside
Sky so pale
Velvet Sky
Crush Me
What I thought
Hold You Down
It's True
I'm Fine

All songs are original.