Paradise is an album about longing and desire and the ways in which the pursuit of fulfillment can keep it perpetually out of our reach a concept showcased on the album cover in the image of a mule and carrot. The album is the Wood Brothers most sophisticated work to date and also their most rocking, with bassist Chris Wood playing electric on tracks for the first time. Recorded at Dan Auerbach s Easy Eye studio in Nashville, Paradise captures the latest chapter in the ongoing evolution of a band and a family navigating the joy and challenges of a life in music.
Dubbed masters of soulful folk by Paste, The Wood Brothers released their debut studio album, Ways Not To Lose, on Blue Note in 2006. Chris Wood already had legions of devoted fans for his incomparable work as one-third of Medeski Martin & Wood, while his brother Oliver toured with Tinsley Ellis before releasing a half-dozen albums with his band King Johnson. Almost a decade later and with drummer Jano Rix added as a permanent third member, it s become quite clear that The Wood Brothers is indeed the main act. Paradise follows the band s acclaimed 2013 release The Muse, which was hailed by the New York Times for gripping vocals and by the LA Times for taught musicianship. Though both The Muse and Paradise were recorded in Nashville, Paradise marks the first album written with the entire band living in Music City.