"AJ Woods possesses the rare gift of direct eloquence."
-M. Brianna Stallings, ABQ Free Press
"Woods’s music stands out from the pack ….[His] chops are grade A, his songs are worthy of a Drag City release….The 10 tracks on The Fence deal with the more hazardous class of memories and heavy life experiences that, without an outlet, can mire one in hopelessness and the morass of depression...Woods' songwriting...is some of the best of 2016....Physically tiny, yet massive in content, this cassette."
- Geoffrey Plant, Weekly Alibi
Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, AJ Woods has been a part of the underground Southwestern music scene for nearly a decade. In that time, Woods has released two full-length albums on Denver, Colorado's Tinyamp Records (S/T, 2013, The Fence, 2016), as well as EPs, singles and live recordings, which have earned him comparisons to Jason Molina, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt. Still, "Woods'[s] lyrical style, guitar playing and singing are his own—something that can't often be said." (Alibi) He's played with acts such as Mutual Benefit, William Elliot Whitmore, Julie Byrne, Richard Buckner and Des Ark, among many others. With music and lyrics that are “poignant and powerful," (ABQ Free Press), Woods creates not only songs, but "unpretentious poetry....This guy's for real." (Alibi) A teacher, a musician, a poet, whatever he is, in times like these, when our sense of reality is shifting and dissolving, Woods' music is a grounding force. It brings us back to the cold, hot, hard, soft, wet, dry earth on which we live and depend, the music; it reminds us that we have hearts, bones that break and heal, blood that can leave us; that we are related to, made and capable of many things. Since the critically acclaimed release of his latest album The Fence, Woods has opened for The Handsome Family, toured historic New Mexico adobe churches with A Hawk and a Hacksaw and is currently at work on new music and plans for a tour.
Cover photography and bio by George Christopher Moreno