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"Los Angeles Music Awards"

In 2006 the single "Road Trippin'" from the debut Woodrush album "So Far From Home" took home the award for "Best Acoustic Single of the Year" at the 16th Annual Los Angeles Music Awards. - Raining Notes Music

"International Acoustic Music Awards"

In 2006, the title track of the album "So Far From Home" earned Woodrush international accolades at the International Acoustic Music Awards where the duo was named runner up for "Best Acoustic Goup/Duo" of the year. - Raining Notes Music


So far from home:
After signing a development deal with Raining Notes in late 2005, Woodrush was flown down to Strate Sound Studios in San Diego to work with acclaimed Sound Engineer, Alan Sanderson. Sanderson has worked with such artists as The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Fiona Apple, Weezer, and more. The album was then sent to Sterling-Sound Studios in New York to be mastered by world renowned Mastering Engineer, Greg Calbi. Calbi has mastered albums for a staggering list of prominent artists such as U2, Cold Play and Bob Dylan.

The final step in completing the album was a photo shoot with legendary rock photographer, Henry Diltz. Diltz is widely known for the cover photo on The Doors album, “Morrison Hotel”, but has also photographed countless music legends from the late sixties to the present. In June of 2006, the album, so far from home, was released. “So far from home” has already begun to receive praise. TAXI, "the world's leading Independent Artist & Repertoire Company," is quoted as saying, "Everything about this CD seems to be impressive."

Other Projects:
Woodrush also appears on the compilation album, “Drink to Bones that Turn to Dust”, A Tribute to Oingo Boingo, released in October 2006; produced and recorded by Dep’t of Records. Jim and Kelly also released two other albums under the band name “Three Shades of Gray” (3SG). The last 3SG album “it’s about time” features several songs with American Idol favorite Blake Lewis.



Kelly Shirey (lead vocals, guitar) and Jim Castaneda (vocals, vocal percussion, bass) of Woodrush have played together for over ten years, recently adding mandolin/guitar player, Brian Rockwell. These musicians are adaptable, professional and ensure the age-appropriateness and volume fits the environment of the venue. Their ten years of experience includes performances at festivals, bars, coffee houses, restaurants, clubs, casinos, wineries/breweries, corporate events and weddings.

Woodrush plays a variety of favorites in addition to their original songs and knows how to draw a crowd. Guest musicians (drums, lead guitar) are also known to appear at shows when appropriate to enhance the sound and feel of the performance.

Woodrush has been compared to Jack Johnson, Guster, and the Bare Naked Ladies. Compelling melodies, harmonies and vocal percussion are infused into well-crafted original songs and makes the Woodrush sound different from the average band. Their rich, melodic music stays with you.