About A. Richard Wood
Like most teens of my generation I was strongly influenced by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and other rock-and roll acts of the day. Although I appreciated the work of Bob Dylan I was never a big fan - I found many of his lyics impenetrable - too artsy for art’s sake.
When I was in the Army in Germany I met a fellow soldier who was a huge fan of country music and he introduced me to the music of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, and others. I was blown away by the honesty and directness of the music. Is there anyone who has ever heard Johnny Cash sing Folsom Prison Blues who couldn’t feel, just for a moment, the pain and regret of a life gone wrong when he “hung his head and cried.” To this day, I still consider Folsom Prison Blues to be one of the finest American songs--country or otherwise - ever written.
The sights, sounds, and traditions of country music are still being carried on today. Kenney Chesney, Hank, Jr., Shania Twain, George Strait, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, and many others are reminders that this kind of music will always be there for folks who want their music to tell stories that are direct and honest and touch people’s hearts. For my part, after spending more than twenty years in the legal field, the country songs that I write are always going to reflect the feelings and emotions of folks, going about their lives, living in the greatest country on the face of the earth. There’s lots of stories yet to tell, and I want to be able to tell some of them that have taken place right here in California Country.