Woody Pines Band plays Martha’s Vineyard Film Center Thursday

Woody Pines Band plays Martha’s Vineyard Film Center Thursday

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Brad Tucker, Shawn Supra, and Woody Pines (left to right) are the Woody Pines Band. — Photo by Mary Fitzgerald

Updated 10 am February 12, 2014

The Woody Pines Band brings their signature mix of blues, roots, ragtime, bluegrass, old timey, and country music all the way from their home in Nashville to the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center Thursday evening, Feb. 13, for a live concert. Local singer songwriter Jemima James will open for the band, backed by the Island band Good Night Louise.

The Woody Pines Band consists of lead singer Woody Pines on guitar and harmonica, Shawn Supra on standup bass, and the Island’s own Brad Tucker on lead guitar and backing vocals. The band’s Vineyard stop is mid-way on a tour that will bring them from Asheville, N.C., to Lexington, Ken., to the Vineyard, and then to Fall River for two nights at the Narrows on February 14 and 15. The group plays a private concert in Vineyard Haven on February 12, Mr. Tucker’s 34th birthday, the day before the M.V. Film Center show.

The Woody Pines Band has produced three albums and is currently working on their fourth. They have logged more than 8,000 touring miles in their van over the last year and have played in England and Ireland.

Mr. Tucker, a highly skilled and polished solo performer in his own right, led the progressive bluegrass Island group Ballywho and often performed blues, rock, and country as a solo act before casting off for Nashville to pursue a music career three years ago.

He grew up in West Tisbury, went to the West Tisbury School, and graduated from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School in 1998. His father, the late David Tucker, played guitar and taught Brad some of his earliest licks when he was a pre-teen. He was raised on the sounds of legends Doc Watson, Blind Willie McTell, Bill Monroe, and Motown, and Chess Records artists. His early interest in blues and folk music took a slight detour into rock and roll during his mid-teens when local guitarist Judd Fuller gave him a Fender Stratocaster on a long-term loan.

Mr. Tucker developed an early interest in blues and traditional flat picked fiddle tunes, then classic rock, punk rock, back to bluegrass, and then came full circle to the ragtime-inflected sounds of Woody Pines. He will bring his 1950 Gibson ES-150 Charlie Christian model for this show.

Mr. Tucker said although there is a chance the group will play a second set at The Ritz in Oak Bluffs after the Film Center show, “If you want to be sure to hear us, you should go to the concert.”

The opening act showcases Jemima James, who has been writing songs and singing for 40 years. She has played with greats Michael Bloomfield and George Higgs, and her son is the singer/songwriter Willy Mason. Good Night Louise is a popular, mellow, Vineyard bluegrass and roots group.

Music: The Woody Pines Band, Thursday, Feb. 13, 7:30 pm, M.V. Film Center, Vineyard Haven. $15; $12 for M.V. Film Society members. Doors open 30 minutes prior. For more information and tickets, visit mvfilmsociety.com.

One of the photographs of the Woody Pines Band originally published online was removed from this article. The Times staff thought we had permission to use the photo, but we did not. The photograph should have been credited to Richele Cole.


  1. Uhhh…that looks like my friend’s photo…Except with the water mark cropped out. Sketch as shit….

  2. Well done with the photo steal guys. really a class act. is it too much to give credit where credit is due?

    1. It’s even better because you can actually see where they left a small little piece of it when you zoom in. You would think a band of all organizations might understand proper credit for work done, but hey! At least we won’t make the mistake of catching them live! I

        1. The photo says “Photo Courtesy of Woody Pines Band”. Honestly? I blame them both. I blame the paper for not noticing a water mark or doing basic research, and if the band provided the photo as the subtitle of the photo says, I blame them as well.

          It’s not as if there was no water mark or identifier. If you click on the main photo you can see where it was cropped out. Both parties are equally at fault. This kind of behavior isn’t cool. This all could have been avoided if they had just given credit where it was due for the photo.’

          Classless. Extremely classless.

  3. You couldn’t just keep the watermark on? Unclassy move guys. We call that stealing here in America

  4. Thanks for alerting us to the photo credit. We are happy to give credit to the photographer. We are looking in to where we received it from. -Eleni Roriz, MV Times A&E editor

    1. You didn’t notice the name cut off in the bottom right part of the picture? Didn’t raise any suspicion? Lazy if you ask me.

      1. She’s offering her help to remedy the situation. She works at the paper but it’s not her job to notice these things so get off her back. And the paper is promoting a band. They’re not making any money from “stealing” your picture (who do you think “gave” it to them?). So you can save your indignation.

        1. It’s not about money. It’s simply about not crediting the artist, and from the looks of it, deliberately. This is about professional courtesy. I will be indignant if I damned well please, I might add.

          1. So they deliberately and maliciously failed to credit the artist? What exactly do they have to gain from that?

          2. Or maybe it was an honest mistake that Eleni is working to correct. But by all means carry on with your hysterics.

          3. See that thing way up in the sky? That’s the point going right over your head. By all means, keep on trying to justify not properly crediting an artist for their work. You’re hilarious, bro.

  5. Subscription money is to be gained but that is not the main point. Let me enlighten everyone to copyright laws as posted on the paper’s own website (go ahead check it out for yourself, click the link at the bottom of this page if you wish to verify)…

    “All content and photos on this site (mvtimes.com) are owned by The Martha’s Vineyard Times Corporation and protected by United States and international copyright laws. Content and photos provided on mvtimes.com may not be republished, reproduced, transmitted, or distributed without the prior written consent of The Martha’s Vineyard Times Corporation.”

    So not only are they gaining in subscription revenue but they claim complete ownership of someone else’s intellectual property. Isn’t this exactly what music labels and entertainment companies spend millions to ensure doesn’t happen to their property?

    Now I believe Eleni Roriz when she says that the paper is researching who supplied the photo. I would further request that if the reporter or other staff member employed by the paper is the supplier of the photograph, they be let go IMMEDIATELY. A formal apology appearing in the paper would also be good as opposed to just credit. After all, that sort of behavior is only a shade away from cutting the byline off of someone else’s article and printing it as your own.

    1. Oh my God, its not a bloody Picasso! Enough with the “off with their heads” vitriol. A mistake was made, it was corrected and an apology offered. You all are embarrassing yourselves.

  6. It will be a packed house and a great show! Chime in and show some support for the band if you are going and not flustered beyond recognition by this,..picture.