Matt Woods is both a native of Iowa, and a longstanding purveyor of its diverse music scene. As a seasoned performer of many local, regional and national venues, Matt has developed a distinct style while staying true to his love of traditional American music. Woods is well versed in the many shapes this music can take; from traditional delta, hill country and urban electric blues, to gospel, country and folk music.
In addition to performing 100+ shows per year as a solo act, playing with several roots oriented bands and backing up some of the finest songwriters in the Midwest, Matt can often be found in the studio, adding guitar parts to a diverse array of recordings.
Woods has been performing regularly since 2002 and to date has released 5 independent albums (3 solo albums, and 2 albums backed by his unparalleled band, The Thunderbolts). He has also won the Iowa Blues Challenge and gone on to represent the state in the International Blues Challenge an unprecedented 3 times.
In 2018 Matt Woods released his fifth studio album, Tired and Dirty to critical acclaim. Like its predecessor, “Tired and Dirty” is comprised completely of original material in an age old tradition, featuring slashing slide guitar, deft songwriting and powerful vocals.
Facilitated by the Central Iowa Blues Society. Sponsored by the WDM Library Friends Foundation. No registration.
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