Soon Chicago will have the chance to hear the "lost" singer/songwriter the Houston Chronicle dubbed "the best country singer you never heard." Bob Woodruff cut his teeth in the mid-90s, using a blend of honky tonk soul and personal lyrics about life on the road to create gritty, critically acclaimed records. Now Woodruff is making a comeback with his new album, The Year We Tried To Kill The Pain, released earlier this year on Steel Derrick Music. You can stream the record here.
In the new record, Woodruff embraces more of a blend of rock, R&B, and country, but continues to pen personal songs about love, heartache, and redemption. Songs run the gamut from the re-recorded melancholic "The Year We Tried To Kill The Pain" to the '60s soul-inspired "There's Something There" to the anthemic sing-along "Paint The Town Blue." Chicagoans can expect to be treated to this variety if they see Bob Woodruff play live at Uncommon Ground on November 9th. Audience members who partake will surely witness an unforgettable show and learn why our very own Chicago Reader once said "Woodruff hews to the Hank Williams, Sr. school of songwriting, using intensely personal lyrics that occasionally come close to standing as poetry on the written page."