A modern reggae act that fully embraces dub, Stick Figure began as a one-man project, that man being songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Scott Woodruff.
While the music is influenced by the deep rhythms and sense of space of dub, Stick Figure's melodies lean toward the more accessible side of roots reggae, and the lyrics reflect warmth, love, unity, and good times. Stick Figure's music was at its most traditionally oriented on early offerings such as 2006's The Sound of My Addiction and 2008's Burnin' Ocean, but starting with 2009's Smoke Stack, the melodies became poppier and the production took on a more inventive, rock-influenced tone, with more attention given to Woodruff's guitar work.
Scott Woodruff launched Stick Figure in 2006 out of Duxbury, Massachusetts with the album The Sound of My Addiction, which he recorded himself, playing all the instruments on the sessions; the band name came from a high school nickname bestowed on the lanky Woodruff. Burnin' Ocean followed in 2008, while Smoke Stack arrived in 2009, the latter being the year Woodruff pulled up stakes and moved to San Diego, California. Eager to take the act on the road, he formed a four-piece band version of Stick Figure in California and issued The Reprise Sessions in 2010. In 2012, Burial Ground was released and the group supported the album by touring as the opening act for the Green. Warmly received by audiences, the band shifted gears and focused on live work with numerous festival appearances and tours with Passafire, John Brown’s Body, Rebelution, and Iration. Life on the road kept the band out of the studio until 2015, when the album Set in Stone arrived with Collie Buddz and Slightly Stoopid as guests. By this time, Woodruff had opened his own studio in Oakland, Great Stone Studios, where he could lay down ideas whenever inspiration struck. 2019's World on Fire, recorded at Great Stone, mixed reggae grooves and jam-band vibes, and included guest spots from Slightly Stoopid, Citizen Cope, and T.J. O'Neill. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi