The Wood Brothers, a collaboration between vocalist/guitarist Oliver Wood and bassist Chris Wood (of Medeski, Martin & Wood), will bring their signature blend of rootsy, acoustic blues and folk to the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Saturday, July 24 at 8 p.m.

As players, the duo display an easy-going virtuosity and an extraordinary rapport with each other. Their soulful music, tinged with gospel hopefulness and country melancholy, offers solace from downheartedness and is extremely compelling, not to mention comforting, which creates an undeniably strong connection between the guitar/bass duo and their audience.

Their critically appraised debut album “Ways Not To Lose” (2006, produced by John Medeski) and followup recording “Loaded” (2008, Bluenote) were welcomed like old friends by both fans and pundits, with National Public Radio naming the debut disc one of its top 10 discoveries that year.

Opening the evening will be Tristen, a rising star in the indie music scene.  Her wry, twang-twinged pop straight-outta-Nashville music won her acclaim in Paste magazine as the feature for their Best of What’s Next article in January, and Nashville Scene praised her as being apart of a  talented new breed of female songwriters.

Tickets for the Wood Brothers are $15 in advance and will be $18 at the door. Seating is general admission. Tickets are available by calling 594-0070 or online at

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to