The Steel Woods want "All Of Your Stones"
Thursday, March 4, 2021
– The Steel Woods will release their "All Of Your Stones" on May 14 (Woods Music/Thirty Tigers).
The Steel Woods' third release includes co-founder Jason "Rowdy" Cope, who passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on January 16. The cause has yet to be determined. The autobiographical title track, written by Cope, lead singer Wes Bayliss and Jamey Johnson, is an inspirational song about harnessing negativity and creating something positive with it.
The surviving members of The Steel Woods – Bayliss, bassist Johnny Stanton and drummer Isaac Senty – and Cope's family made the decision to move forward with band and release the album.
The opening track "Out Of The Blue," written by Cope and Aaron Raitiere, is about perseverance and not being tethered to the past. The bluesy "You Never Came Home" features guttural vocals by Bayliss as the band builds to a mighty crescendo. The Steel Woods paid homage to Black Sabbath with a cover on each of their first two albums. This time they give a nod to Lynyrd Skynyrd with "I Need You." featuring Ashley Monroe. Bayliss' "Ole Pal" is about longing for a long-lost dear friend in a small-town backdrop.
The group previously released "Straw in the Wind" (2017) and "Old News" (2019).
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It sort of seems odd, on the surface anyway, that the Steel Woods would name their sophomore set "Old News," especially given the fact that they're relatively new as far as any senior status is concerned. Their 2017 full length debut, "Straw in the Wind," was released less than two years ago, while their 2016 eponymous EP that marked their debut only a short time before that.
Old news? They haven't aged sufficiently enough to indicate that's the case at all. ...