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The Woodys

Teardrops & Diamonds – 2004 (Dynamike)

Reviewed by Greg Milliken

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Imagine for a moment that Buddy Holly and Buck Owens had gotten together andwritten a batch of songs for the Everly Brothers. Then the Everlys played the material for Gram Parsons, who rushed them into a Nashville studio along with his mates from The Byrds. The resulting album would probably have sounded a lot like the latest CD from The Woodys.

Dyann and Michael Woody are Colorado-based singers and songwriters who writeand perform hook-laden songs that always remind you of - and compare favorably to - earlier country and 1960's pop classics. Their first release brought them a host of Americana music awards. This sophomore effort ought to garner them even more notice.

Of the 12 songs, the Woodys had a hand in writing 11. From the "Ring Of Fire"-style mariachi band opening of "Echoes of Love," and the Holly-esque turns of Steve Earle's "Hearts Don't Break" to the Killer keyboard sweeps on "Don't Blame Me," listening to "Teardrops & Diamonds" is like spending quality time with new old friends.