Eric Wood

Hairpin Curve by Cat's Out of the Bag
Hairpin Curve by Cat's Out of the Bag

Cats Out of the Bag -

 Hairpin Curve – Simon Recordings

After meeting in New York City and before the recent formation of Cats Out of the Bag with violinist Megan Gould, composer /singer /guitarist Eric Wood , bassist /percussionist T Xiques and guitarist Mark Dziuba recorded and toured in Europe together for over a decade. Megan Gould joined the band last year. (recordings, press reviews etc. at
 T Xiques grew up in Putnam Valley NY in a musical family. His father, Ed Xiques performed and recorded with Frank Sinatra, Aerosmith, Liza Minelli and The Jackson Five. T has toured and /or recorded with Garth Hudson, Savoy Brown, Roswell Rudd, Ira Coleman and John Medeski.

Mark Dziuba has been a guitarist, improvisor and composer for most of his life. He has performed with a who’s-who of Jazz, Blues, Rock and Bluegrass musicians internationally and has taught and performed at workshops for over 40 years. Mark is currently a tenured professor at The State University of New York at New Paltz where he directs the Jazz Studies program. He was part of the internationally acclaimed National Guitar Workshop for 25 years and has been a part of the Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival since its birth. He is a published author and has been a featured soloist on numerous recordings. Mark continues to explore the world of improvised music and can be found performing weekly in his area and abroad.

Megan Gould is one of NYC’s most versatile performers of Middle East and Greek music. She’s performed all over the world at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Royal Albert Hall and Lincoln Center. She’s recorded with Phillip Glass and Lou Reed and performed on stage with David Byrne, Sean Lennon, The Silk Road Ensemble and Natalie Merchant. She is the 2nd principle violinist in the Bard Conductor’s Institute Orchestra.

Eric Wood recorded his first LP release, Letters From the Earth 20 years ago. It reached #6 album of the year in Italy and #11 in the Czech Republic the same year. Afterwards, he went on to record two more albums, Illustrated Night and Don’t Just Dance with T Xiques. In the US, Eric shared bills with Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin and Suzanne Vega. Letters From the Earth was #9 in Billboard Magazine’s ‘Year-End Critics Top Ten Picks’ (January 3, 1998). The New Yorker called Eric Wood “a compelling singer-songwriter poised for a breakthrough.” These recordings are available on Spotify, YouTube and iTunes. 
 Much of the material Wood has written and composed for this new band, Cats Out of the Bag focuses attention on hardships currently endured by an increasingly larger part of the population. The music fuses Jazz, American and Balkan Folk idioms.

Cats Out of the Bag new album, Hairpin Curve on Simon Recordings will be available everywhere on line in May 2018.


Eric Wood

Reagan’s Lament

by Eric Wood © 2018 Romany Music BMI

There was a right and a wrong way to live that everyone could see
There was a common understanding of decency
And it was easier in those days to recognize the enemy
And that kept us afloat

But there were those who came along who were determined to resist the status quo
They were not satisfied aspiring towards the usual goals
Derived some perverse pleasure out of seeing themselves rock ‘n’ roll the boat
’till we were sinking in ourselves

But we’re going to get it back, America
Put a Cadillac in everyman’s garage
Mercilessly attack and save the world
Kings on a mountain of sorrows

Such great benevolence has never in the free world once been seen before
People from all over the planet come begging …crawling to our door
Seems everybody’s got their hands out even our ungrateful neighbors to the north.
But God helps those who help themselves (and we do)

He in his great infinite wisdom saw it fit to make us keeper of the keys
And anyone who doesn’t like God’s plan’s God’s enemy
To even more clearly elucidate this point we’ve the technology
The keys to heaven and to hell … (and we better use them, or)

We’re going to get it back America
They say; we’ve got it coming to us
Mercilessly attacked then they’ll become
Kings on a mountain of sorrows

The Myth of Progress

by Eric Wood © 2018 Romany Music BMI

Why’d you break the rules, Jack
Slept through all of school
Played us for the fools that
We worked so hard to be

Why’s Jack always smiling
Just how does Jack fly
Luck is for the losers
Wisdom for the fools
Jack you’ve got no future
Towards which your present leads
Take the position
Wake up to our vision
Welcome to the prison

You’re some kind of hero
You’re just one big bluff
Those who come to zero
Only want enough, so

Why’s Jack always smiling
Just how does Jack fly


Cat’s Out of the Bag

by Eric Wood © 2018 Romany Music BMI
Good people Undertaking survival
Wonder why they’re perpetually stuck
In a long irreversible spiral
Where down so long looks just like up
But word on the street has gone viral
Into hearts weeping tears made of blood

Come time to act
Cat’s out of the bag

Good people’s empathy’s used against them
Their goodness dismissed as two-shoed
Keep playing a game they can’t master
Nor imagine they’d ever want to
Though their own howling dogs could not reach them
Desperation’s all their patience’ produced
And it can’t be put back

Cat’s Out of the Bag
Cat’s Out of the Bag
Good people are such righteous believers
Always give the benefit of the doubt
To misled malicious misleaders
But our welfare’s not what they’re about
And their time has expired at the meter
Kick those predator plutocrats out
Their decks are all stacked

Cat’s Out of the Bag
Cat’s Out of the Bag

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