444 – Wood Box Heroes

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Wood Box Heroes

Wood Box Heroes Release New Album – 444.

Deeply rooted in tradition while melding together an eclectic-array of sounds from the country, bluegrass, blues, jazz, rock, and classical varieties, paired with crafty and authentic songwriting, Wood Box Heroes delivers 444, a piercing listening experience that plunges deep into the caverns of the soul. Celebrating the release, the supergroup will be headlining at The Station Inn during CMA Fest on June 8th.

Listen on Spotify here or on Apple Music here.

Bringing together some of the world’s most highly lauded musicians in Matt Menefee on banjo (Mumford & Sons, Cadillac Sky, and Warren Haynes), Barry Bales on bass (Alison Krauss & Union Station), backing up the vocal magic on Jenee Fleenor on fiddle (from George Strait, Blake Shelton ajnd Larry Cordle) and Josh Martin (singer/songwriter/guitarist), this unit has over a century of musical seasoning between them, promising a rich, dynamic, and unparalleled auditory experience.

The dynamic collection of songs within this 12 track album, includes standout songs such as, Cross the Line, the group’s first number one on Bluegrass Today chart, marking a significant milestone in their career.

Man oh man, what a ride Cross the Line has given us thus far. It really hit the ground running as our first single of 2024, and now, being the band’s first song to chart at #1 is really fitting. It’s a recklessly wild and energetic tune about the need to break away from the real world every now and then, especially after you’ve spent a night or two in the proverbial Heartbreak City, to the point of feeling the need to ‘cross the line, and the gang absolutely put the hammer down on this record – Josh Martin.

444 Wood Box HeroesThe group also previously released Cannonball on March 15th across all DSP’s.

Cannonball is a song I wrote a while back with Chris Stapleton. I was trying to figure out a new way to talk about the ‘love and war/love as war/love is war’ theme and of course, Chris helped to bring that to life so well. I never made a demo, just the voice memo. Hearing Chris’s amazing singing on it could be a daunting thing for lots of artists to get past, but I knew Josh Martin could handle it, so I pitched it to the Heroes for this project. It took a while to sink in with them, but I’m beyond thrilled with the treatment they gave it – Barry Bales.

The album also showcases the group’s talent with driving rhythm, resonant harmonies and lyrics that are rich with imagery and emotion that propels listeners on a sonic adventure with songs such as, This Train, written by Jim Moose Brown, Jenee Fleenor and Josh Martin. In addition, Remember This Part, is a beautifully crafted vocal blend by Josh Martin and Jenee Fleenor, whose harmonies weave seamlessly through the melody. The track’s gentle acoustic guitar and subtle instrumentation create a warm backdrop that envelops listeners in a soothing ambiance, enhancing the emotional impact of the song.

Visit The Wood Box Heroes website here.

Track List for 444:
1. Cross the Line
2. This Train (INTRO)
3. This Train
4. Cannonball
5. Made Up My Mind
6. Way of the Whippoorwill
7. Better When We’re Livin’
8. Piece of the Peace
9. No. 444 (INTRO)
10. No. 444
11. Remember This Part
12. Lay It On Me

 

About Wood Box Heroes:

Wood Box Heroes, the American acoustic super-group, is hardly anything like the bluegrass music you used to find in the cassette player of your grandad’s old chevy pickup truck. Deeply rooted in tradition while melding together an eclectic-array of sounds from the country, bluegrass, blues, jazz, rock, and classical varieties, paired with crafty and authentic songwriting, the band delivers a piercing listening experience that plunges deep into the caverns of the soul. Bringing together some of the world’s most highly lauded musicians in Matt Menefee, Barry Bales Jenee Fleenor and Josh Martin.

This lineup has over a century of musical seasoning between them, yet, it is quite astonishing that the years spent on separate roads, accompanying a spectrum of incredible artists and receiving some of the most sought-after honors and awards in the business, has led to this enigmatic musical intersection.

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