Here is the story about how this CD came to be released.
I love the two Bob Woodruff albums “Dreams And Saturday Nights” from 1994 and “Desire Road” from 1997. I saw Bob do two great live shows, one at Down On The Farm outside Halden in Norway and one in Trollhättan in Sweden. Then nothing was heard from Bob in a long time, and I wondered what had happened to him. There were rumors of a third unreleased record, but nothing happened. Then in 2010, me and some friends were talking about what could´ve happened to Bob, and I asked my friend José Ruiz in France, if he knew because I knew that José had been in touch with Bob before. José said that he had the unreleased tracks on a cassette tape that Bob gave him some ten years ago. José transfered the tape to CD and sent me a copy. I was totally blown away how great it was and thought that this really should be heard by more people. I got in touch with Bob´s lawyer Edward Cosgrove, and he helped me to get in touch with Bob and to set up the details for this CD that you now after so many years finally can get to hear. So, big thanks goes out to José Ruiz, Edward Cosgrove, and of course, Bob Woodruff himself for making all this possible.
I first heard about Bob Woodruff in 1994. I was writing for “Guitare et Claviers”, a French music mag back then. I remember hanging around Music Row in Nashville as I was covering Fan Fair for the mag another year in a row. The good news was that Asylum, the label that had brought us Jackson Browne and Tom Waits in the 70´s was back in business.
My friend Kay Clary from now defunct Praxis International (Jason & The Scorchers, Webb Wilder...) introduced me to John Condon who was one of the big wigs at Asylum. Our meeting with John ended up with him passing me a tape of “Dreams And Saturday Nights”, the debut recording of an unknown fellow from New York City named Bob Woodruff. The album had been recorded in Nashville, produced by Steve Fishell, and had James Burton on guitar. Enough to make me eager to hear it right away.
I drove home listening to this new comer, and it literally knocked me out. The songwriting was the best you could expect from a guy who hard heard The Byrds, R.E.M. and the likes of Merle, Waylon and stuff.
Just pure country music with a country twist to it.
A couple of days later, I met the guy. He appeared to be the simple, sincere and honest person his songs suggested. Unfortunately, the lack of radio support killed the album. Nevertheless, “Dreams And Saturday Nights” remains the best country album from the 90´s. Period.
3 years later, “Desire Road”, the follow up to “Dreams...”, came out on a new Nashville label, Imprint. It was produced by Ray Kennedy (who was to form the Twangtrust with Steve Earle a little after that) and had James Burton on guitar again. The album starts with a cover of John Fogerty´s “Almost Saturday Night” and is more rock oriented than the previous one, with two other covers.
The original demo also included a smoking version of “It´s All Over Now”.
Despite all these great songs, “Desire Road” went downhill again as the Imprint label also collapsed. Another bad moon rising over Bob´s head. But he kept on keeping on. The next Bob Woodruff project was “Kerosene”. Still the same harmony vocals and the twelve strings guitar driven songs, but it never came out.
That was 1999. It took all these years to find Bob again, and now, you are holding “The Lost Kerosene Tapes, 1999” in your hands. Twelve years after it was recorded.
Nowadays, Bob Woodruff is playing the clubs in LA where he´s been living for several years.