Todays the First Day
Brooks Wood, Danny Shampine, Miah Wander and Paul Sheeran came together in the Fall of 2004 to become the Brooks Wood Band. The four musicians, who met at N.C. State, combined their individual talents to create a unique sound - pulling from rock, jazz, funk, soul, and blues - that is spreading throughout the Southeast. Although the members met through the jazz program, they are influenced by a variety of genres. Wood (lead vocals and acoustic guitar) is from Maury, North Carolina and prides himself on being a 'country boy.' He is inspired by the new acoustic soul sounds of Gavin DeGraw and Marc Broussard. Wood was playing solo gigs when he was introduced to Shampine and Wander. The musical chemistry between the three was undeniable. Shampine (drums) from Durham, North Carolina, looks to Carter Beauford and Buddy Rich for inspiration. His love for jazz and ability to improvise comes through in his playing style. Wander (bass guitar and backup vocals) hails from Corvallis, Oregon and likes to attribute his style to his ever-changing taste in music. He played in several punk bands before finding his spot in the BWB. His constant influences include Bon Jovi, Sister Hazel and Midtown. Sheeran (lead guitar) joined the band in December of 2004 to complete the foursome. Music came easily to Sheeran growing up in Waxhaw, North Carolina with parents who are both bluegrass musicians. He brings a classic rock feel to the band with his love for musicians and bands such as Pink Floyd, Dire Straits and Robben Ford. Brooks Wood Band's soulful acoustic rock sound can be heard throughout Raleigh. The band has played at venues such as Lincoln Theater, Berkeley Café, and The Brewery. The band is excited about the chemistry they share and look forward to continue writing music together. They are thrilled with the positive response from crowds thus far and look forward to endless possibilities.