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The band’s two original members are native sons of the South who both hale from small-town backgrounds. The Alabama-born Wes Bayliss played harmonica from the age of eight in his family’s gospel band, eventually teaching himself piano, bass, drums and guitar. Jason “Rowdy” Cope turned his love of Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix into a career as a session guitarist/songwriter and producer, moving to Los Angeles, then playing in Jamey Johnson’s band for nine years.
Part hard-edged Southern rock, part Americana roots country folk, man-made, yet organic, rock but also bluegrass, R&B, blues, gospel, soul and heavy metal, The Steel Woods’ completed their first recordings barely months after they first met before being joined by current bassist Johnny Stanton and drummer Isaac Senty. The Steel Woods will release their third studio record, ALL OF YOUR STONES, on May 14th following the untimely death of leader and co-founder Jason "Rowdy" Cope in January 2021. The highly anticipated third album is Cope's magnum opus and will serve as a fitting tribute to the beloved guitarist/songwriter.