Roots musician Woody Pines used to live in Asheville. If you don’t recognize the titles of his ragtime-meets-country-meets-jazz albums (Counting Alligators, You Gotta Roll and Rabbit’s Motel), you’d probably recognize Pines and his group from their countless performances on Asheville’s streets and stages. But not too long ago, the musician packed up and moved to Nashville where he teamed with Muddy Roots Records. The label added Pines’ catalog as well as a new album set for release in the U.K. next month.
Happily, Pines returns to Asheville frequently. He and his band — Skip Frontz Jr. on bass and Brad Tucker on banjo and guitar — recently played the Sol Bar at New Mountain and spoke to Xpress in advance of that show.
Filmed at New Mountain, video by Jesse Hamm.