There's no need to quibble over the facts: Tom Woodward is unequivocally, without a shadow of a doubt, Australia's most well kept, dark and hideous secret. He has been playing shows and releasing albums since the early 2000s, sometimes to thousands, sometimes to the desolate stragglers outside the local shops. Through all this, he has consistently redefined his musical approach -- a unique offering to his listeners -- documented by his varied solo output and that of his numerous bands over the decades. Woodward's musical persona is embodied by a guitar and a notebook, a string of menial jobs, busking marathons and performances in dark rooms. His is a life that has racked up such dubious placards as a Young Australian of The Year shortlisting at the same time as a Drunk & Disorderly Conviction for public urination at a bus stop, all the while slowly but steadily gaining recognition as a true original.
“Woodward’s sound is uniquely his own … the kind of music you listen to on a road trip, where you don’t want to think about yourself too much. You just want to roll along the black tarmac and watch the landscape pass by.”