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The Mosswoods


  1. 1.
    LA Goodbye
  2. 2.
    Ramblin' Fever
  3. 3.
    Folsom Prison Blues
  4. 4.
    White Freightliner Blues
  5. 5.
    When the Ship Comes In
The Mosswoods formed in Oakland in 2014, in a garage across the street from the historic public
park that gives the band its name. Veterans of the Bay Area jazz and funk scenes, they came together
this time to develop Oakland country soul. Inspired by soul recordings like James Brown and Oliver
Nelson's immortal arrangement of Hank Williams's "Your Cheatin' Heart" (Soul on Top, 1970), the
band probes the intersections and connections between classic country and 1960s Southern soul.
They draw lines connecting Nashville to Memphis, Muscle Shoals, and New Orleans‐‐with roots in
Oakland funk and California soul‐‐and they revisit the timeless songs about midnight trains and
broken hearts; living, loving, and drinking hard; and about leaving town, or just leaving, without a
goodbye. Town Music showcases the band's songwriting, the horns and rhythm section digging into
vintage soul sounds, and the sultry vocal stylings of Nancy Lake. Fans of Amy Winehouse, Sharon
Jones, Joss Stone, and Bobbie Gentry will enjoy the the Mosswoods sound: not city music or country
music, but Town Music.


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