|Country artists to perform at Firehouse|
|Written by Holly Petrovich, Reporter|
|Monday, 11 February 2013 17:56|
Country artists Matt Woods and Adam Lee are scheduled to perform on March 7 at the Firehouse Pizza in Uptown Normal, as part of their “Connoisseurs of Lesser Things” tour.
This is Woods and Lee’s second tour together. They had a short tour in September, which is when they decided to do another one this spring.
The tour starts Feb. 16 in South Carolina and will continue into March ending in Austin, Texas.
Woods and Lee have known each other for almost two years and immediately started planning to play together.
“We have a lot of fun together, and I think our music complements each other’s styles nicely,” Lee said.
Although people refer to them as country artists, they both feel their genre is broader than the typical country-pop music.
“If you tell somebody that you play country music, they’re going to think I’m like Kenny Chesney or those pop radio country artists, and that’s not what I do at all. I try to take off of older country artists,” Woods said.
While Lee also plays some honky-tonk, older country music, he mainly plays country from the ’60s and some darker Americana music.
Both of the artists have had albums in the past with other bands but are releasing a solo album this fall.
Lee is also hoping to have an EP album ready for the tour.
The style of songs on this album will hint to what his new one will be like.
Although Woods had begun writing solo in 2008, he officially went solo in early 2010.
He released his first solo album, “The Matt Woods Manifest,” in April 2011. While there are pros and cons to it, he said he mainly enjoys it.
“I sometimes miss being able to play music with a full band, but performing solo gives a certain kind of freedom,” Woods explained.
“It helps me stay on the road full-time, and there is a kind of intimacy that you sometimes lose when you have a full band.”
When asked about their future plans, both artists plan to continue exactly what they are doing now — traveling, touring, writing songs, meeting people and hopefully gaining popularity.
However, for now, Woods and Lee are very excited about their upcoming tour and are hoping to have a lot of fun together.
The show at Firehouse Pizza starts at 8 p.m., and the cover price is to be determined.
“I’m hoping a lot of people come out that night,” Lee said.
“We’ve played at the Firehouse before, and it’s a cool joint, so I’d really like to see a bunch of faces out there.”