Woodlander is a longstanding musical brotherhood, a trio of musicians who have played together since the 1970s. Their music is an upbeat blend of folk, bluegrass, country, Cajun, swing, blues and reggae, among other roots of Americana music. They are the acoustic nucleus of the popular Northwest rock/country/bluegrass band called Wheatfield (www.wheatfieldoregon.com), which was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame (www.omhof.org) in 2011. As an acoustic Americana trio, they perform on a variety of instruments with rich three-part harmonies, with a strong tilt towards original songs and a well-developed talent for entertaining their audiences.
Woodlander consists of Kerry Canfield on bass guitar, upright bass and accordion, Paul Douglas on guitar, fiddle, harmonica and melodica, and Will Hobbs on guitar, mandolin, harmonica and flute. All three write, and Will has several local and national songwriting and lyric competition wins to his credit. With three singers and multi-instrumentalists, you can expect many three part harmonies, along with various combinations of instrumentation and musical influences.
Woodlander’s first CD, Oregon Routes, is self-produced and self-engineered, and they performed and sang all parts: between them, they played 15 different instruments, sang all of the harmonies, and wrote all but one of the songs. It has met with good reviews such as one by Leicester Bangs, which said “. . . the trio’s whip smart playing and windswept vocals provide much to be enjoyed, and fans of old school country and unplugged Americana are in for a particular treat.”
Woodlander is currently recording tracks for their next CD.