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Wood Brothers’ sound more roots than jazz

The Wood Brothers is, from left, Jano Rix, Oliver Wood and Chris Wood.
The Wood Brothers is, from left, Jano Rix, Oliver Wood and Chris Wood. Photo provided

What started as a side project has turned into a full-time gig for Oliver and Chris Wood.

The duo better known as the Wood Brothers will make their State College debut Sunday night at the State Theatre. The brothers began playing together about 10 years ago, when Oliver sat in with Chris’ band Medeski, Martin & Wood.

They quickly realized their potential and teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix to record their first album in 2006. Their latest album, “The Muse,” was released in 2013.

Chris Wood last performed at the State Theatre in 2011 with Medeski, Martin & Wood, a jazz trio that also includes John Medeski and Billy Martin. That group is taking 2015 off to allow more time for the Wood Brothers and other side projects.

“It’s definitely become the main project for the both of us,” Oliver said. “We didn’t plan it that way, it just turned into a family enterprise.”

Oliver Wood described the band’s sound as “rootsy” and said it ranges from folk to gospel to country and everything in between. They will be hitting the festival circuit this summer in advance of an album that will be released later this year.

The album was recorded in Nashville, Tenn., and is the first one that the brothers produced themselves.

“Producing a record is kind of a vague term, but we’ve all basically done it every time we work on one,” Oliver said. “We felt pretty confident we could do it ourselves and we’ll see if people like it.”

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