Monday, June 23, 2008

Alex Woodard Releases Self-Titled Album Aug 19

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"

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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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This PR spin on Alex is getting really ridiculous. First he was featured in his hometown San Diego newspaper as a guy who gave up a "lucrative" career in finance to pursue music.. and now this article. Truth be told, Alex never had a lucrative finance career. He quit that job because he was able to access a trust fund. Come on, people, how exactly do you think someone is able to afford a house near the beach, living expenses, car, pets... not to mention financing the production of records and musicians? It certainly isn't from selling records. Alex is no more talented than Britney Spears. His life experience consists of family trips to Hawaii, fancy homes and trust funds. This whole midde of America storytelling is simply him doing anything he can to be rock star - he doesn't feel this music or the words. Look, Alex has gone from rock, to folk now to country?? Seriously? I'm not sure why I'm even wasting my time writing this because he has zero shot at making it big. Unlike most of us, though, he can pretend to be a rockstar and pursue a career since he has trust funds to fall back on... I wonder if he's still a republican, too? LOL Look, the bottom line is Alex is writing what he thinks people want to hear - he doesn't feel any of this music - he certainly can't relate to it so comparing him to friggin' Springsteen and others is a total insult to those iconic musicians. Enough is enough.