|Independent country and rock music troubadours Matt Woods of Knoxville, Tennessee and Adam Lee of Kansas City, Missouri will be concluding their "Connoisseurs of Lesser Things" tour with a performance on March 20, 2013, at Blackthorn Pizza & Pub, 510 S. Joplin Ave., Joplin. Doors open at 10 p.m. for those 21 and older.
Each performer will be focusing on solos with Woods playing songs from his albums, The Matt Woods Manifesto and Broken Strings & Beer Specials: An Acoustic Retrospective. Lee will perform his own style of music as well as work shared with his band, The Dead Horse Sound Company. Both will be sharing music from their new albums to be released later in the year.
As well as working as a solo artist, Woods has been a figure in the East Tennessee music scene for the past 10 years. He also has performed in several bands and shared the stage with many international artists.
"Some folks call what I do Americana, but I have a hard time putting a label on things like that. A lot of my songs are very much based in classic country music while others are grounded in straight forward and greasy rock ’n’ roll,” Woods explains. “I write what is ready to come out and try to be as honest as I can about it."
Adam Lee and The Dead Horse Sound Company (Johnny Kay, electric guitar and mandolin; “Boomerang” Dave Buchman, upright bass) toured Europe in Winter 2010 in support of their album, When the Spirits Move Me. The first track from that album, “Drinking, Cheating, Loving, and Leaving” was also featured in the 2011 Kevin Smith movie, Red State. Lee has shared the stage with many notable musicians.
“Up until the past two years, it’s been straight-up honky-tonk country,” Lee describes. “Lately, I’ve been focusing more on songwriting for my solo work, which is more along the lines of dark Americana with a healthy dose of swinging country.”