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Jan 14

Oliver Wood

HI-FI Indianapolis
$25 - $27
Presented By: Sun King Brewery, MOKB Presents
Doors: 8:00 PM
Start Time: 9:00 pm

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Oliver Wood is a mainstay of modern-day American roots music. The frontman of The

Wood Brothers since 2004, he's spent the 21st century blurring the boundaries between

folk, gospel, country-soul, and Americana, earning an international audience and a

Grammy Award-nomination along the way. Now, with his debut solo album, Always Smilin',

Oliver reimagines that tradition by presenting his sharp songwriting, savvy guitar

chops, and one-of-a-kind voice in a new light. It results in an 11-song collection that

evokes the swagger of a Saturday evening picking party one moment and the solemnity

of a Sunday morning gospel service the next.


As its title suggests, Always Smilin’ is first and foremost an album of celebration. Songs

like “Roots,” “Fine Line” and "Molasses" focus on brighter topics, from finding one's center

to embracing a simpler way of living. That diversity is reflected throughout: on gospel

covers like "The Battle is Over (But the War Goes On)" and "Climbing High Mountains

(Tryin' To Get Home)"; on country-soul standouts like "Soul of This Town” and on the

tongue-twisting, purely Oliver Wood-esque songwriting craft of “Kindness."


An album of bridges, Always Smilin’ draws on a wide range of collaborations. Guests

include bandmates from Oliver's musical past and present, from mentor and co-writer

Chris Long (who performed alongside Oliver in legendary Atlanta roots-rock band, King

Johnson) to percussionist Jano Rix (Oliver's partner in The Wood Brothers). Blues heroine

Susan Tedeschi, Hiss Golden Messenger's Phil Cook, Medeski Martin & Wood's John

Medeski, Tedeschi Trucks Band's Tyler Greenwell, Nashville staple Phil Madeira, and

singer/songwriter Carsie Blanton also make appearances. For Oliver, the goal was simple:

to collaborate freely with a mix of old friends and new partners, embracing a new

level of independence.


Embracing the full range of Oliver Wood's musical heritage, Always Smilin’ builds upon

the blues and gospel sounds he explored long before The Wood Brothers' formation to

the American roots music he's been making during the past two decades. It's an album

of collaborations and communal recordings, spearheaded by a longtime team player who,

for the first time ever, is making the final decisions himself. There will be more Wood

Brothers music in the future, but this is an album about the present. An album about right

now. And right now, Oliver Wood is smiling.


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About the Venue

HI-FI is located inside the historic Murphy Arts Center in the heart of Fountain Square.  The entrance is located at the front of the building on Virginia Ave and the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. You must be 21 years of age or older be admitted.
HEALTH CHECK REQUIRED: Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours or negative Antigen test within 6 hours. Download the Bindle Mobile Health App and verify your vaccination and/or test status to expedite entry to the venue. At the artist's request, some shows may follow more strict guidelines. Face coverings are strongly encouraged. Safety procedures »
Amenities: Live Music, Premium Sound, Full Bar, 24 Draft Beers On Tap, VIP Seating, Street-Level Box Office
Upgrades: A limited amount of VIP seating upgrades are available for select shows.  Contact the box office to purchase or check availability: boxoffice@hifiindy.com.
Ticket Support: Box Office opens 1 hour before published door time. For ticket related questions please email boxoffice@hifiindy.com.
Parking: Street Parking, Bike Parking
All tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable unless the show is cancelled.  Shows affected by Covid-19 pandemic will follow our updated refund policy which is available on our contact page.
1043 Virginia Ave #4 Indianapolis, IN 46203

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