Victoria Woodworth was born in San Francisco, CA, and has lived most of her life in Denver, except in the 70's when she was in France and North Carolina making gross errors of judgement. She plays some guitar and sings, but this is only a thinly veiled front for her real agenda, which is to force her opinion on as many people as possible before kicking the proverbial bucket. She more or less achieves this goal through a subtle mix of quirky but accessible song writing, manipulative fits, brainwashing and occasional violence. She is understandably divorced with no children, and resides locally with a bunch of houseplants, shoes, books and artwork.
Westword Best Singer - Songwriter - Female - 2004
It took three years for Victoria Woodworth to produce and unearth Faultline, her first solo recording. It took much longer than that to collect the wealth of experience and emotion at its heart. A small person with a big voice and a poetic bend, Woodworth concentrates on the Important Issues: longing, love and loneliness; faith, awakening and self awareness; memory and hope. But her work isn't bogged down by its own psychic weight. She's a songwriter's songwriter, a student of the chorus, the build and the bridge -- and her style suggests artists we can only assume are her teachers: Emmylou Harris, Patsy Cline, Gram Parsons. Woodworth often plays live with her band, the Heroes, though she is a fine solo performer, as well. Hopefully, the next record won't take three years. We can't wait that long.
Westword - All Mixed Up
"San Andreas" from Faultline, by Victoria Woodworth (Self-released)
Woodworth's version of country avoids the slick, pre-processed sound currently associated with Nashville in favor of raw emotion and vocals delivered straight from the gut. If "San Andreas" doesn't shake you up, it's nobody's fault but yours.
Westword - Hit Pick
"Life?" asks Victoria Woodworth. "Mine's a mess. That's how I like it." This take-it-as-it-comes attitude regularly shakes up Faultline, an impressive new disc that's being celebrated this week by a trio of CD-release shows: Wednesday, October 1, at the Lion's Lair, with Luther Wright & the Wrongs; Thursday, October 2, at Paco's in Idaho Springs; and Saturday, October 4, at the Larimer Lounge, with John Common's Awful Liars. The album is credited to Victoria Woodworth & Friends, and she does indeed have some fairly prominent pals. In addition to the assistance of her band, the Heroes, she receives contributions from Firefall veteran Jock Bartley and Nobody in Particular Presents' Doug Kauffman -- on hand as a bass player, not a promoter. Still, Woodworth is the star of this particular show, contributing a passel of heartfelt, hard-country compositions and belting them out with the sort of authenticity that Faith Hill couldn't muster even if she were given a decade to try. Highlights (and there are plenty of them) include the soaring "San Andreas"; the mournful "Faithful," keyed by Michael Shay's full-bodied cello; and "Paris," about a black mood in the City of Lights. Sure, Woodworth's singing on these and other cuts can be a touch eccentric, but that's a big part of her charm. Her songs aren't neat and tidy, and neither is life.
westword.com | originally published: October 2, 2003