A childhood rodeo rider who spent part of his youth in California loving the sounds of Buck Owens, the Byrds, Flatt & Scruggs, & AM radio, Buddy Woodward was the founding member & lead singer of the much-loved "alt.country" band, The Ghost Rockets for the better part of the 1990's.
The Ghost Rockets released their debut CD in 1998, Bootlegs, followed in 1999 by their best-selling 5-song EP-CD on the French Pop The Balloon label, The Spatula Ranch Sessions, Vol. 1. They toured the US in support of Bootlegs, & were a featured act at Twangfest in St. Louis (which Woodward also helped found & organize) in 1997 & 1998. Buddy & The Ghost Rockets had critically acclaimed cuts on countless international compilations, including Sweden's Hit The Hay, & legendary UK Acid Tapes series.
Woodward disbanded the Ghost Rockets in 1999, but not before contributing "With Care From Someone" to Full Circle: A Tribute To Gene Clark, released worldwide by Not Lame Recordings in 2000.
Shortly after, Buddy put together Buddy Woodward & The Nitro Express focusing on, as he calls it, "the killer B's" (Bakersfield, Byrds, Bluegrass, Buffalo Springfield, etc.). The band includes Jon Graboff on pedal steel (Beat Rodeo, Laura Cantrell Band, Schramms), lead guitarist Danny Weiss (Tony Trischka/Skyline), & former Ghost Rockets stalwarts, Mick Hargreaves on bass, & drummer Pete Green.
Buddy also organized the first annual Tribute to the Byrds & Gene Clark at New York's Bottom Line in May 2000, leading the house band & performing with special guests that included Hellecaster John Jorgenson, Dennis Diken (Smithereens), Dave Schramm & Kenny Kosek, as well as participating in similar concerts in other parts of the country, including the Birchmere in Virginia, & Chicago.
A veteran "twang warrior," Woodward has played with many other country, rock, bluegrass & folk acts including bluegrass legend John Starling, Greg Garing's Alphabet City Opry, Laura Cantrell Band, Amy Rigby, Bill Lloyd, The Movie Stars, Beat Rodeo, The Demolition String Band, Will Rigby, Blackwater Shoals, Sheriff Uncle Bob & the Goodtimers, The Big Galoots, The Damn Lovelys, Squire, Small Town Parade, & The Washington Squares. As a long-time featured member of The Alphabet City Opry, he shared the stage with renowned artists such as Steve Earle, Bill Keith, Jim Lauderdale, Rosie Flores, Kenny Vaughn, & Earl Poole Ball, to name a few.
Other current projects include production & songwriting credits for the Demolition String Band, Honkytonk Confidential, & The Chelsea Mountain Boys. His running music history commentary found in the recently published book, Desperados: The Roots of Country Rock by John Einarson (Cooper Square Press), & leading the house band as musical director of NYC's bi-monthly country music tribute series, The Chelsea Mountain Jamboree.
If that isn't enough, in his off-hours he provides voices for several Japanese-produced "Anime" cartoons.
Buddy is currently planning his debut solo CD, featuring the backing of his band, The Nitro Express, as well as a veritable "Who's That" of Tri-State area honkytonk, bluegrass, pop & roots scene musical talent.
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