The Steel Woods are an American country music group from Nashville, Tennessee. They are in the style of music of Southern rock. They released their debut record via Woods Music / Thirty Tigers.
A quartet of Southern rock traditionalists from Nashville, the Steel Woods lay claim to the sound pioneered by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Like Skynyrd, The Steel Woods balance heavy blues-rock with Southern poetry, and they add a bit of plainspoken outlaw country to the mix, as evidenced on their 2017 debut, Straw in the Wind.
Prior to forming the Steel Woods, guitarists Wes Bayliss and Jason "Rowdy" Cope were both pursuing musical careers. Cope found work as a session musician and played in Jamey Johnson's band, but once he met Bayliss at a Nashville gig, the two clicked. First they became friends, then they wound collaborating, adding bassist Johnny Stanton and drummer Jay Tooke to round out the lineup. An eponymous EP came out in 2016, and the next year saw the release of Straw in the Wind on Thirty Tigers/Woods Music. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
The Steel Woods were cofounded by Wes Bayliss and Jason "Rowdy" Cope. The two Southern musicians met while performing the same bill in Nashville, and after a variety of fishing trips in Tennessee together, they began writing music. Their album Straw in the Wind was released on May 19, 2017, with a guest vocal appearance by Lindi Ortega. It has drummer Jay Tooke and bassist Johnny Stanton. Influences on the album range from Led Zeppelin and Metallica to Darrell Scott and Jason Isbell. It was the band's debut album. Brent Cobb also contributed as a songwriter. While it came out in the United Kingdom on May 18, it came out in the United States on May 19. On June 10, 2017, it was at 42 on the Independent Albums chart put out by Billboard.
They released a music video for their track "Straw in the Wind" in July 2017. In September 2017, they performed in Evansville, Indiana.
Wes Bayliss - guitar and vocals
Jason Cope - guitar
Jay Tooke - drums & vocals
Johnny Stanton - bassist
Straw in the Wind