Alex Woodard's Self-Titled Release Features Nickel Creek's Sara Watkins, Fountains Of Wayne Drummer Brian Young
"...raspy, quavering vocals and a penchant for catchy folk-rock" RollingStone.com
When asked how a California surfer could write an album that sounds like it's rooted in the middle of America, singer/songwriter Alex Woodard blames his own love of storytelling. "Stories don't care where you're from," Woodard explained. "They're universal." And it's his narratives about the dreams, loss, love, and struggles that go hand and hand with the journey through life that comprise Woodard's self-titled release, out August 19th on Woodshack/Adrenaline Music Group.
Woodard has drawn comparisons to Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and John Mellencamp for his earnest vocal delivery and story-driven songwriting. The album's first single "Beautiful Now" is a thoughtful, upbeat ode to the beauty of motherhood. The video -- shot by CMT Director of the Year Roman White (Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson)-- features former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres and her two children with Marc Anthony as well as several other moms and children. Sara Watkins from Grammy-wining Nickel Creek lends her vocals and fiddle to "Reno" while Brian Young (Fountains of Wayne, the Posies) mans the drums.
No stranger to show business, Woodard was an after-school childhood actor with recurring roles on the Love Boat and Battlestar Gallactica who found time to teach himself piano and guitar during high school. After graduating from UCLA, Woodard spent time in the world of finance before before music called louder then numbers.
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