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That push-and-pull, especially in relationships, has long been Donovan Woods’ stock in trade. As the lead track of his forthcoming album Both Ways, “Good Lover” unfolds with acoustic instruments and Woods’ quietly compelling delivery — not what a listener might expect from the title alone. The first song off Donovan Woods‘ highly-anticipated new album. “Both Ways” will be available April 20, 2018 via Meant Well.

Woods is also a notable Nashville songwriter .”There are very few writers who can make you laugh and break your heart in the same song.” No Depression noted that Woods’ style is “as fresh and captivating as any out there.”

In Both Ways, Woods shows the rare ability to distill complicated situations and emotions into songs that are intriguing and relatable. Perhaps the collection’s most beautiful song is “I Ain’t Ever Loved No One,” a duet with Rose Cousins. The song captures that moment of bringing someone home to meet the family, using it as a backdrop to the anxieties of falling in love. True to the album title, a listener could either imagine a happily-ever-after ending or hear it as an ode to the one that got away. In most cases, Woods prefers to leave lyrics open to interpretation.

As Both Ways progresses, radio-friendly songs like “I Live a Little Lie” and “Easy Street” employ a full-band sound to flesh out the sonic landscape. A number of the songs are guitar-driven, yet they stop short of full-blown rock ‘n’ roll. With his typically droll sense of humor, Woods notes, “I know that nobody likes rock music anymore. I don’t even really like it anymore.” But he says the more aggressive moments on Both Ways are inspired by camaraderie in the studio and on tour, as well as the pop and R&B music he heard growing up in Sarnia, Ontario, where he could pick up the radio stations out of Detroit.

Both Ways concludes with “Next Year,” one of five songs on the album he co-wrote in Nashville, where he has a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music. The poignant narrative follows a boy through adolescence and adulthood, where hopes and dreams are in a race against time. While the lyrics are drawn from Woods’ own life, the experiences are universal.

“The Worst Way” is the follow up single to Donovan Woods‘ critically-acclaimed full-length “Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled.”

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Juno and Polaris Prize-nominated singer-songwriter Donovan Woods released a deluxe edition of his fourth album, Hard Settle Ain’t Troubled , back in August that included four bonus live performance tracks. Woods’ profile is rising quickly and making his hometown of Toronto proud as he’s become an in-demand songwriter in Nashville with his plainspoken but universal lyrics.
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Donovan Woods is one of my favorite songwriters, and the album he put out earlier this year contains a little bit of everything I love about him and the songs he crafts and I think it’s the finest collection he’s ever put together

When you listen to Donovan Woods, you can hear the craft of songwriting being carried forward: Stripped down, but never simple; direct yet poetic; new and timeless. The music is delivered with confidence, and in an evocative voice that you wouldn’t expect from someone as young, approachable, or humorous as Woods.

His acclaimed fourth album Hard Settle, Ain’t Trouble received a 2016 Polaris Music Prize nomination. Three original songs intended for that project have now surfaced on a new digital EP, They Are Going Away. There’s a distinct sense of motion throughout the narratives. In “What They Mean,” Woods responds to a curious child in the backseat who is listening carefully to the car radio. “It’ll Work Itself Out” shows someone who is traveling furiously to outrun problems. “Drove Through Town” provides a backdrop for the big issues, from living up to expectations to escaping a dead-end relationship.

Woods, who is an exceptional acoustic guitarist in his own right, says these songs didn’t make the track listing for Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled because he didn’t want to rush the lyrics or force them to be finished. A fourth selection, “Empty Rooms,” is about moving on from a relationship—when that’s not such a bad thing. Although it’s new, Woods felt it was a comfortable fit.

“The songs are about coping with loss, and wholesale changes, that sort of thing,” he says. “The title I suppose is trying to get at the temporariness of everything. Time speeds up when you get older, that’s an observable fact. It starts to feel like you’re always chasing some ineffable thing. It’s why your dad often had a slightly bewildered look in his eyes.”

Woods was raised in the small city of Sarnia, Ontario, to the sounds of country music, with a healthy dose of folk and pop, a combination that instilled in him a strong belief in the power of a memorable melody, the importance of everyday language and the impact of a well-crafted song. It’s not that Woods makes music that is a product of both country and folk; it’s that his songwriting shows how distracting the line separating the two can be. Whether they’re written about big ideas or seemingly minor incidents, broken promises or the hint of romance, Woods’ stories affect listeners deeply.

Throughout Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled and its companion EP, They Are Going Away, what is clear is that Donovan Woods possesses a compelling voice made to tell stories – his stories, and ours. Although it gently rises just above a whisper, it cannot be ignored.

Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled” is Donovan Woods‘ fourth album, which most recently received a 2016 Polaris Music Prize nomination

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“The First Time” from Donovan’s forthcoming full-length LP: “Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled” – out February 26, 2016.

We’re excited to finally announce the release of Donovan’s fourth full-length album Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled. Donovan Woods’ work is guided by a mantra that only sounds simple: Good songs win.

Woods, a Juno Award nominee, was raised in the small city of Sarnia, Ontario, to the sounds of country music, with a healthy dose of folk and pop, a combination that instilled in him a strong belief in the power of a good melody, the importance of everyday language and the potential of a carefully-crafted song. While amassing a catalogue of rousing and acclaimed music of his own, he has worked with some of the top songwriters in North America to craft cuts for performers ranging from Alan Doyle to Billy Currington.

It’s not that Woods makes music that is a product of both country and folk; it’s that he makes music that shows how distracting the line separating the two can be. Like with so many songwriters of note, what matters isn’t what you call it, or where it comes from, but the stories you tell, and the voice you use. And whether it’s Tim McGraw singing from atop a full-throttle stadium-show stage or a line whispered by Woods himself in a more intimate environment, one thing remains clear: Woods’ is a voice that demands attention.

That attention has been quick in coming, bringing international accolades, a growing number of fans inside and outside the music industry, and proclamations like “Canada’s best-kept secret,” “piercingly honest” and “quietly anthemic.” Throughout his work, Woods has remained focused on his one deceptively unassuming intent: crafting good songs – with an emphasis on ‘craft’.

Available on CD and vinyl on February 26th, 2016, but you can head to iTunes to pre-order your copy now, and get two songs .

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Donovan Woods a Singer Songwriter from Toronto Canada,With a voice as notable as his lyrics, Donovan Woods is a critically acclaimed and in-demand Canadian recording artist, performer and songwriter. His third record, “Don’t Get Too Grand”, featuring the hit single “Put On Cologne” garnered radio airplay around the world, and was nominated for “Roots & Traditional Album of the Year” at the 2014 Juno Awards. Splitting his time between Nashville and Toronto, Woods’ versatile songs have been recorded by everyone from Canadian indie artists to established stars like Tim McGraw or Alan Doyle (Great Big Sea), and been featured in television shows, major motion pictures and commercials. Piercingly honest and quietly anthemic, Woods sings with a striking sense of the world that produced him – the unsung towns of Canada’s industrial heartland. The result is music that’s transporting, but never loses the dry, self-deprecating humour that has endeared Woods to audiences from the start.

“These are just smashing songs, period — “Put On, Cologne” and “Petrolia”
are jaw-dropping in their plain-spoken beauty — and Woods inhabits the
rootless, put-upon characters in his sad-sack vignettes with believable
ache… The spotlight beckons, Mr. Woods.” please come here soon.

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“Lawren Harris” is truly a magical tune. I don’t know how he isn’t a bigger artist yet. The power of “Lawren Harris” alone should be enough to propel this man to huge fame and glory. Meet Donovan Woods. Get ready to be moved to your emotional core. Donovan Woods is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Sarnia, Ontario. He sings tender folk songs that are hauntingly beautiful, brought together by the purest human emotions. One listen to “Lawren Harris” is all it takes. It’s already too late, you’re now his newest fan. It’s just honest and endearing in every way. We really do need more music like this.

I just came across this breathtaking version he did for Southern Souls. He sings it live at an empty theater, giving his voice the necessary space to haunt and grow. If this doesn’t convince you that this song is one of the best than I give up.

 

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With a voice as notable as his lyrics, Donovan Woods is a critically acclaimed and in-demand Canadian recording artist, performer and songwriter. His third record, “Don’t Get Too Grand”, featuring the hit single “Put On Cologne” garnered radio airplay around the world, and was nominated for “Roots & Traditional Album of the Year” at the 2014 Juno Awards. Splitting his time between Nashville and Toronto, Woods’ versatile songs have been recorded by everyone from Canadian indie artists to established stars like Tim McGraw or Alan Doyle (Great Big Sea), and been featured in television shows, major motion pictures and commercials. Piercingly honest and quietly anthemic, Woods sings with a striking sense of the world that produced him – the unsung towns of Canada’s industrial heartland. The result is music that’s transporting, but never loses the dry, self-deprecating humour that has endeared Woods to audiences from the start.

 

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Taken from the album  “Don’t Get Too Grand” from Donovan Woods .This album and these “Eleven Songs by Donovan Woods” have been highly anticipated and have never disappointed. The album has been among my most listened to for awhile

The album has been written in the way I perceive Woods to actually be in real life . The title of the album is a clear reference to not take yourself too seriously and to be someone who would be considered by everyone around him as a good guy. The often amusing and self deprecating musician just might find himself in this category. This in turn leads to my/his impression on this music – it is something honest, forthright and accessible by those who listen to it.  The songs from Woods are vignettes of real real life, They also just so happen to be incredibly catchy and immediately stuck in your head from the first listen.

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we have all been there listen to the words in this song from Toronto Singer Songwriter Donovan Woods, husky vocals and smart lyrics ,roots folk indie,

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thanks to Adam from the wonderful insightfull http://www.songsforaday.com for this wonderful song about the ending of a relationship, Donovan Woods is a singer songwriter from Toronto Canada, with a voice as notable as his smart and emotional songwriting this acclaimed songs have received praise and glowing reveiws check out the two albums THE HOLD UP and THE WIDOWMAKER wonderful records you should buy       http://www.bestsongwriterever.com