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JPR Live Session: Donovan Woods - Friday, December 4th at Noon

Maya Fuhr

On Friday, December 4th at Noon, JPR will broadcast a JPR Live Session (from afar) with the Donovan Woods on Open Air.

Combining melodic sensibilities with rustic folk storytelling, Canada's Donovan Woods has built an impressive career as both a guitar-strumming troubadour and an in-demand songwriter. Possessing a clear, vulnerable voice that belies his burly appearance, Woods' songs are a blend of contemporary folk and thoughtful pop, rooted in tales of heartache and the stuff of ordinary lives. 2016's Hard Settle Ain't Troubled was his critical and breakthrough effort that included the hit "Portland, Maine," and 2018's Both Ways was another success that earned him his first Juno Award.

Raised in Sarnia, Ontario, just across the U.S. border, Woods began playing guitar in his teens, taking influence from country, folk, and pop music. He made his debut in 2007 with The Hold Up, introducing fans to his thoughtful, low-key song style. He soon gained widespread exposure when his song "My Cousin Has a Grey Cup Ring" was used in commercials for the Grey Cup, the Canadian Football League's national championship game.

Both Ways was a critical and commercial success, and in 2019 it won the Juno Award (the Canadian Grammy) for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year. Woods' next release was The Other Way, which featured acoustic versions of the songs from Both Ways. In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Woods and his band stayed busy and safe by remotely recording material for a new album. Without People was released in November 2020.

Donovan Woods w/ People Project: Lonely People feat. Rhys Lewis