From supporting national acts in major venues through the mid-atlantic to performing in the hit Broadway show Million Dollar Quartet, Southern Maryland’s Billy Woodward has always adored american roots music. Billy’s broad appreciation of early rock and roll and rhythm and blues has been instrumental in his songwriting and live performances. With his project, Billy Woodward and The Senders, he's had the pleasure supporting acts such as Fitz and the Tantrums, G Love & Special Sauce, Eli "Paperboy" Reed and Three Bad Jacks.
Recorded at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, TN, his new concept EP, THE BEAST IN ME (2014 IMA Winner - Best Roots EP), combines Woodward's gift for songwriting and storytelling with his life-long adoration of traditional country, blues, R&B, and rock and roll to create a brand new concept album that shines a light on the reality that no matter who you are, or which straight and narrow path one may choose, no man is immune to indiscretion. The result is a brilliant, seamless collection of authentic americana that, at times, can be light-hearted, yet downright frightening. And damn sure rocking.
So grab your favorite beverage, dim the lights and kick back while Billy Woodard spins up a tale, or two...
by Mike Amacher