"The cream always rises to the top, and there are young performers out there who will find their audience [such as] Warren Hood, a terrific songwriter and singer."
- Lyle Lovett
"Hood has style to burn, with a knack for composing songs as ageless as they are pleasing to hear."
- Margaret Moser, The Austin Chronicle
Warren Hood at home at Kerrville
by Jim Beal Jr
The Kerrville Folk Festival motto, "Welcome Home," rings true and provides comfort for a whole lot of people. When the Austin-based Warren Hood Band takes the Kennedy Outdoor Theater stage Sunday, that motto will resonate on different levels for Hood.
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Warren Hood Joins Folk N' Blues Lineup
Austin-based musician Warren Hood is accomplished at violin, fiddle and mandolin, and composes and sings as well. Well-known to the FolkWest festival crowd as the fiddler for popular band The Waybacks and also front man for Warren Hood & the Goods, Warren's current solo project, The Warren Hood Band, plays a crowd-pleasing fusion of jazz/blues/newgrass and acoustic music.
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"The Warren Hood Band," the Warren Hood Band (Red Parlor): Hood's bona fides as a phenomenal fiddler are beyond question. He's also a daring and unselfish bandleader... Under the direction of producer Charlie Sexton, the WHB makes a stylistically diverse album that nevertheless feels cohesive. Most interesting are the songs like "You've Got It Easy," that find Hood staking out a place in the melodic folk pop realm home to acts like Josh Rouse. - By Joey Guerra, Andrew Dansby
by Tom Geddie
THE WARREN HOOD BAND album is mostly a feel-good collection of songs with old-time, rootsy atmospheres that never sound dated and manage to stay fresh.
Hood began playing fiddle when he was 11, won top honors at the Berklee School of Music, and has recorded with the likes of Lyle Lovett, Joan Osborne, Emmylou Harris, Elvis Costello, Susan tedeschi, Gillian Welch, Alejandro Escovedo, and plenty more. He's also the son of beloved Austin legend Champ Hood.
Here, he [does] some of his own songs, one of his dad's, one of Walter Hyatt's and several co-writes with friends Susanne Choffel, Gwil Owen, Willie Pipkin, and James Hyland.
"Songbird", one of the co-writes with Pipkin, is perhaps the highlight. It's a bouncy, upbeat, metaphorical song about a lonely man asking why the little songbird loves to sing and and fly and lamenting, ever since he's been alone, the whistle of the evening train.
Charlie Sexton produced, added piano, electric and acoustic guitars, 12-string guitar, banjo, percussion, and background vocals. Pipkin played lead guitar.
Nate Rowe bass, J.J. Johnson and Dony Wynn drums, and Lloyd Maines pedal steel.
Gimble, who has her own family pedigree, coming from the Johnny Gimble clan, added-various keyboards and background vocalsas well as lead vocals on three of the songs, sound a little lost in the production on "Pear Blossom Highway" but brings a nice Norah Jones-ish sound to "Take Me By the Hand" and "Where Have You Gone."