Chris talks with G. Brown about homecoming shows in Colorado, notably at Red Rocks (0:55), growing up in Boulder and gravitating to the upright bass (3:41), playing professionally as a teenager (7:42), heading to music school in New England, moving to New York and forming Medeski Martin & Wood (10:34), recording the Shack-man album in Hawaii (15:26), a search for new sounds on his instrument (19:16), catching the attention of Phish and the jam-band scene (23:29), the birth of the Wood Brothers (26:56), the aesthetics of writing and producing in Nashville (33:38), and the joy of performing and the power of gratitude (39:13).
Raised in Boulder, Colorado, bassist Chris Wood studied jazz and classical music, eventually attending the New England Conservatory of Music in 1989. He soon accompanied one of his teachers, Bob Moses, as a sideman for an overseas tour along with keyboardist John Medeski. Afterwards, the avant-jazz-funk band Medeski Martin & Wood was formed in New York City with Billy Martin on drums. For the last decade, Wood has collaborated with his brother, Oliver Wood, in the Wood Brothers, touring and recording several widely praised albums.