The Hummingbirds

The Hummingbirds

 Detroit, Michigan, USA
DuoAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Southern charm & Detroit grit is the essence of this Americana duo. 3 time Detroit Music Award winners, The Hummingbirds grip both northern and southern roots, blending grit with hospitality and charm. "Rachel Lynn’s husky tuneful drawl balances S.G.’s deeper twanging intones, a mix of rambling Southern-driving roots rock, Appalachia-hued Americana, classic country with alternative charm and even dusty tumbleweed-blown folk-roots with gospel hues," (Creative Loafing Magazine, Tampa, FL).

Biography


“Excellent music. Absolutely beautiful vocals. Humid and hot with ice cold lemonade up against your sweaty cheek musicianship. Yeah…back porch, black cat moan type mood done quite successfully.”  (No Depression Magazine)

Southern Charm & Detroit Grit is the essence of this Americana duo. 6 time Detroit Music Award Winners, The Hummingbirds grip both northern and southern Americana roots, blending grit and self reliance with hospitality and charm.  "Rachel Wood’s husky tuneful drawl balances S.G.’s deeper twanging intones, their instrumentals (built on vintage electric guitars, drums and banjo) a mix of rambling Southern-driving roots rock, Appalachia-hued Americana, classic country with alternative charm and even dusty tumbleweeds-blown folk-roots with gospel hues (Creative Loafing Magazine). 

Across the United States, they’ve played for small crowds in smoky bars and large concert venues for hundreds of people. They present their songs to welcoming audiences at hospitals and intimate house concerts. Whether on the radio or performing at festivals, their enthusiasm for music and songwriting drives them to create, “a great vibe and a feel that hits you. There is something really special about what S.G. and Rachel are putting out there.” (Kevin Brown, Ann Arbor, Mich. freelance journalist, University of Michigan associate editor)

Genuine and playful, earnest & soulful, The Hummingbirds (S.G. Wood & Rachel Lynn) have a hybrid sound that is all their own. Expect to hear tales of love and loss, sure, but expect the unexpected as they weave in stories of rattlesnakes and swamps, highways, and lighthouses. Their recordings, (most recently 2015’s release, 13 Days) along with their live stage chemistry has garnered them the favorable attention of fans and music critics alike from Detroit to Tampa, Asheville, to Nashville, and many towns and cities in between.

Their newest album, “13 Days” released in 2015 features 13 songs about rivers & rattlesnakes, the cold & the road, and heartaches & love.  Recorded & mixed by Grammy Award winner, Mitch Dane in Nashville, the recording is delivered with a touch of twang and a rootsy, raw, alt-country vibe.

The Hummingbirds have two previously released recordings. Their first self-titled release (2005), is a twangy full length album, which includes a track that was placed in the 2009 film “The Horsemen,” starring Dennis Quaid.

Their second release came out in 2007, an EP titled “Lonesome,” a blend of old school country, folk, and heavier alt-country songs, recorded with a full band, live at Big Sky Studios in Ann Arbor, Michigan in two quick sessions.

"As a programmer for the Monday Traffic Jam on WMNF 88.5FM, I review a lot of music.  In order to keep track of it all, I use the 5 star rating system for each song.  This also helps in choosing what song to play.   When my review comes up with mostly 4 and 5 stars, I call this a classic and it could make it on my top 20 list for the year.  13 Days by The Hummingbirds is a classic.  Seeing them live just puts icing on the cake!” (Bobbie Dusenberry, Radio D.J. @ 88.5 WMNF Tampa)

For more info., visit the links below:

web: www.thehummingbirds.com

youtube: www.youtube.com/thehummingbirds

instagram & twitter: @thehbirds

facebook: www.facebook.com/thehummingbirdsmusic

Lyrics

Cry on the Freeway

Written By: The Hummingbirds

Cry, Cry, Cry, Cry
Cry on the Freeway
All the way home

The night's gettin' stale,
drinking coffee by the pail
The pretty girls and their stallions
paid their tabs long ago.
I'm sitting side-saddle
in a booth by the pay phone.
It's time to cry on the freeway,
all the way home.

Yes I'll Cry, Cry, Cry, Cry
Cry on the Freeway
all the way home

696 is full of it's tricks
bending and winding
it's way through the sprawl
Well I'm screaming my head off
like a lone rolling stone
Crying on the Freeway
all the way home

Well I'll Cry, Cry, Cry, Cry
Cry on the Freeway
All the way home

Well I'll Cry, Cry, Cry, Cry
Cry on the Freeway
All the way home

I'll roll down my window
and howl at the moon.
While the CD's are playing
moan and wail their sad tunes.
When I pull up the drive
I'll be drenced to the bone
Having cried on the freeway
all the way home

Tomorrow I'll work
Punch my time card and go,
to the bar, or the restaurant
where the action is slow.
When the icecream has melted
and dripped down the cone
I'll be crying on the freeway
all the way home.

Cry, Cry, Cry, Cry
Cry on the Freeway
All the way home

Cry, Cry, Cry, Cry
Cry on the Freeway
All the way home

Cry, Cry, Cry, Cry
Cry on the Freeway
All the way home

Vancouver

Written By: The Hummingbirds

I hope this letter finds you well
I'm still here in this hotel
And it's been rainin' hard for days
Vancouver's cold this time of year
Some nights I wonder why I'm here
I wish I could see your face

And I miss my home
Where my heart was warm
And I miss the love
That surrounded me
And I miss those times
When the sun would shine
Down on everything
I tried so hard to be

Sometimes all that you can do
Is what you think you have to
Even though you break the rules
That's the way it was for me
I crossed that river to be free
Was I right or just a fool?

And I miss my home
Where my heart was warm
And I miss the love
That surrounded me
And I miss those times
When the sun would shine
Down on everything
I tried so hard to be

(Instrumental Break)

And I miss my home
Where my heart was warm
And I miss the love
That surrounded me
And I miss those times
When the sun would shine
Down on everything
I tried so hard to be

And I miss my home
And I miss the love

And I miss my home
And I miss the love

Chocolate & Vermouth

Written By: The Hummingbirds

Sometimes when I'm lonely
And I'm feeling kind of blue
I think about my woman
then I know just what to do

I'll call my sweet little baby
Call her on that telephone
I'll say that I'm coming over
So I don't have to be alone

I'm gonna shower, shave, and dress up
Gonna spit shine my old boots
I'll go down to the drugstore
Get some chocolate and vermouth

I really love my little baby
Going to tell her as she opens up that door
And then we'll make romance like crazy
And cut the rug up on her floor

I'll go down to the drugstore
Get some chocolate and vermouth
The liquor's for the good times
And The chocolate, her sweet tooth

My woman loves that sugar candy
Gonna treat just as sweet as can be
She takes away that lonely feeling
And chases the blues right out of me

Washtenaw

Written By: The Hummingbirds

Down in the cornfields
Down in the cornfields
Down in the cornfields
Where the cornstalks meet the wood

Don't go out in the cornfields
Don't go out in the cornfields
Don't go out in the cornfields
Out off prospect Road

There lies a shallow grave
There lies a shallow grave
There lies a shallow grave
Like a slept in bed

They won't say what they saw
It never happened there in Washtenaw
But no one ever lets their children go out there to play

Out by the lonesome tree
Out by the lonesome tree
Out by the lonesome tree
In the middle of the field

That's a place where the moon don't shine
That's a place where the moon don't shine
That's a place where the moon don't shine
It just passes by every night

They won't say what they saw
It never happened there in Washtenaw
But nothing ever grows around the stones
That mark that eiry place

You never see no whitetail deer
You never see no whitetail deer
You never see no whitetail deer
Just ravens circling 'round

Down in the cornfields
Down in the cornfields
Down in the cornfields
Where the cornstalks meet the wood

Cell 5

Written By: The Hummingbirds

Trusty, trusy,
You know what I need
That kettle of water
Hot brown water
To wash my face and make my tea
You're mean, so mean
Making me mop
The cracked floors clean
Well I can't sleep I still see light
Where midnight's noon
And morning's night

Where midnight's noon
And morning's night
Where midnight's noon
And morning's night
Where midnight's noon
And morning's night
Where midnight's noon
And morning's night

Well I need, I need
A razor blade
And some clean white sheets
A toothbrush, a comb,
A moment alone
To think about
My sugarbush and me

Well I see, I see
How anyone can go crazy
In cell 5, just barely alive
Where midnight's noon
And morning's night

Where midnight's noon
And morning's night
Where midnight's noon
And morning's night
Where midnight's noon
And morning's night
Where midnight's noon
And morning's night

(Instrumental break)

Where midnight's noon
And morning's night
Where midnight's noon
And morning's night
Where midnight's noon
And morning's night
Where midnight's noon
And morning's night

Discography

"13 Days" (2015) Full Length CD

"Depot Town" (2005) 6 track EP

"The Hummingbirds" (2006) Full Length CD

"Lonesome" (2007) 7 track EP

Awards:

2008 Current Magazine Best of
Washtenaw County Issue
-Voted Best Folk/Country Group

2008 Detroit Music Awards
-Outstanding Folk/Country Group
-Outstanding Instrumentalist

2007 Detroit Music Awards
-Outstanding Folk/Country Group
-Outstanding Instrumentalist
-Outstanding Vocalist

Set List

Sets typically range from 45 minutes-1hr., depending on venue needs.

Set lists include primarily original music, though The Hummingbirds are known to cover some favorite Roots/Folk artists from the past and present.

The Hummingbirds play songs to suit the moment, the feeling, and what audiences want to hear. There is always something for everyone in their sets.

The Hummingbirds occasionally perform songs by Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, John Prine, Hank Williams, Buck Owens, Kitty Wells, Earnest Tub, George Jones, Gillian Welch, Bob Dylan, and more!