Woody Moran | Tu-Toned Stranger

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Tu-Toned Stranger

by Woody Moran

A beautiful haunting vocal quality with acoustic guitar, a funky folk-rock style, and great hooks that either have you humming the songs long after the music stops or starting the CD up all over again.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Tu-Toned Stranger
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2. A Little Patience
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3. Latin Lover
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4. Rocket Man
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5. Life Is So Strange
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6. Looking For The Chinese Way
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7. Witness
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8. After Midnight
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9. Secret Smile
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10. Don't Fade Away
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Nominated by the Independent Singer Songwriter Association and finalist for the 2008 Best Rock Song of the Year with the title song from his debut CD, it’s easy to hear the song-writing influences of Steely Dan, the Eagles and Neil Young as you listen to Woody’s debut CD recording. In addition, this excellent group of musicians flavors Woody’s songs with a strong sax voice ala Springsteen’s E Street Band and a dash of percussion and electric guitar from the Santana camp.

The CD starts out with a hot performance of the title track, Tu-Toned Stranger. The ISSA nomination and early reviews of this song say it all:
"This is a master work of a contemporary blues genre - utterly spectacular work in all instrumentation, and a vocal that is delicious for the music. There is a tension between the soft vocal and that wonderful sax. The piano work, the solo guitar, etc., etc. - what can I say - all done with a sensitive discretion that keeps the song focused on the lyrical outcomes of every, single passage. This is a fantastic, tantalizing work of art - right down to the highly detailed (complex) lyrics. "Two-toned stranger French from St-Croix" is purely brilliant. Thank you for giving this great, great song to the world!" Broadjam.com Review

The 2nd song up, A Little Patience, features Dixie Dreg keyboardist and six-time Grammy nominee, T Lavitz with a dazzling acoustic piano solo. You must read the heartrending background story on www.woodymoran.com/songs.

Latin Lover initially sounds like homage to Hotel California, but then lets the Santana influence go wild with a great percussion groove and soulful electric guitar solo.

The Shanghai R&B Orchestra is credited with dropping in Chinese instruments on the controversial, Neil Young style song, Looking for the Chinese Way.

Grammy award winning producer and keyboardist, Jeff Bova gave Witness the perfect string quartet arrangement to compliment a positive and sensitive vocal message.

In addition to original songs penned by Woody Moran, Tu-Toned Stranger also features a few familiar songs that have been given a new “acoustic” treatment. Secret Smile from SemiSonic, Elton John’s Rocket Man, and After Midnight by J.J. Cale are all wonderfully reworked in Woody’s style.


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Andy

Moving
I've enjoyed all the music on this album, and I've found everyone I play it for really gets into it. It's fun in the car when you want to sing along with the catchy tunes, or to play as background music at a party where you want to stimulate the conversation. My daughter is going to use the song "Witness" in her wedding! Great work, Woody!

Mark Moran

Training Manager
I can definitely hear some retro sounds stemming from a Steely Dan/Eagles influence, only with more contemporary arrangements. I highly recommend this CD. The musical arrangements are incredible and the original lyrics are moving.

Amy

Great Album
I got this album just before Christmas and listen to it again and again. My favorite songs on the album are Secret Smile and Don't Fade Away. Although I really like Looking for the Chinese Way, too. Honestly, there's not a stinker on this album.

I got to go to the CD release party a few weeks ago, and I have to tell you that the band totally rocked. Woody's vocals are fantastic, and the electric guitarist kicked.

MusicFan

Awesome CD!
Wow! Great CD! Good mix of songs - from sweet songs like Witness and A Little Patience to jazzed up songs like Tu-Toned Stranger and Latin Lover. And, then of course there's Looking for the Chinese Way, which (although a very unusual song)does a great job of expressing the highs and lows of life and love. Woody's cover songs on the CD are also great, bringing a new style to lyrics most of us can already sing. I'll definitely be watching for future releases by this artist.

SAM

Great Performer!
This CD is one you don't want to miss. I had the privilege of attending the CD Release Party for this album at a little Cafe in Monrovia, California. I was blown away. The band was awesome, the vocals were awesome, and the crowd was interactive. Woody told stories behind some of the songs which gave the listener a connection to the artist. (Most of those stories are also on his website.) Personally, Witness and Tu-Toned Stranger are my favorite songs on the CD, but unlike a lot of CDs I've bought recently, I really do enjoy the ENTIRE CD. Thanks for the music!

Alan

Incredible Arrangements
I found this CD moving and addictive. I just can't stop listening to it. The lyrics are only out-done by the incredible arrangements. I predict this artist will go far.