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Cabin Fever, Over Houston, Louisiana make cut! *Brent thanks his co-writers!!
R. Jones, A. Reynolds, R. Wilkins

Dear Brent,
We are pleased to inform you that the song "Over Houston," entered into the Country category, has advanced to the next round of judging for the 2006 International Songwriting Competition.

Congratulations on this achievement. With over 14,000 songs entered into ISC 2006, making it this far along in the competition is a great accomplishment and a testament to your songwriting talent.
This is the only round of judging before the semi-finals. The 2006 finalists will officially be announced on February 1, 2007, and winners will be announced in March, 2007. All entrants will be informed of the results via email; finalists will also be posted on our website.

If you entered multiple songs, you will receive a separate email for each song that has advanced to the second round of judging.
Feel free to tell others the good news about your song!

Best wishes for a healthy and successful New Year.
International Songwriting Competition
1307 Eastland Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
phone: 615.251.4441



Please email us with your request for a press kit. They contain Music, Data, Stage Plot, Mic List, and a "LIVE" DVD of BRENT & Natchez Trace from The Trisha Yearwood Show!

Emmy Nominated documenta "The Bayou; DC's Killer Joint" DVD available for purchase. - September 28, 2014

The Bayou film documentary which was nominated for an Emmy and aired on PBS in over 60 cities will soon be sold on the WMAL Radio web page. Many of our friends and fans have asked where they can purchase this film but untill now.. They couldn't!

The release contains footage not seen in the PBS version including live footage of your favorite local and national acts from the HEYDAY of the Georgetown, DC music seen.

Brent appears multiple times in the film and co wrote "Good Bayou" for the Reunion at the Hamilton in DC with Tom McCarthy. The song is featured as credits roll in the new release.

Look at after October 6th for details.

BAYOU 'LAST CALL" - February 17, 2013

The show at the Hamilton is tonight and the long hours of rehearsal and study and study will finally come to fruition.

I cannot tell you how much we appreciate the hard work by all our musicians and vocalists. Mike Caffey who brilliantly charted the horns, Bobby Read for his help with the "goodbayou" song that Tom McCarthy conceived, co-wrote and produced. There are players and tech people coming from California, Florida, Colorado and other parts of the USA to converge on the Hamilton tonight

Thanks to Bill Plummer, Paul Wolf and Dave "Dude" Sless for the heavy tech support. Thanks to Mike "the Mouse" Tramonte for his tireless work and to the Italian Store for keeping the kids fed.

And here's to the great people who have passed but still remembered are so much a part of the Bayou legacy.

This was a labor of love and we hope we entertain everyone at the Hamilton and on line for the webcast @ Dave Lilling's

Brent Woodall

Paul Reed Smith PRS GUITARS talks Bayou and C Smash - April 22, 2011

Paul Reed Smith went from wannabe musician repairing other people’s guitars to being one of the world’s most sought-after guitar makers. Big names like Carlos Santana and Al Di Meola have been among his customers for years. The US Supreme Court recently took his side against a famous guitar maker.

Put all that on hold. What Smith wants to talk about is where it all started: with the music.

Smith leans across the table, his eyes boring into a visitor like one of the high-tech routers that cuts contours into wood in the factory next door.

“You’ve got Chuck Brown and the entire go-go thing,” he says. “You’ve got the Nighthawks and Roy Buchanan and the whole blues thing. You’ve got the jazz-rockabilly-blues thing that Danny Gatton did. Then the jazz scene in Baltimore, and one of the best top-40 scenes ever. It just goes on and on. You could go into DC and hear amazing amounts of music.”

Smith, who was born in Rockville and grew up in Bowie, did it as often as he could, usually sneaking into clubs until he turned 18. At one—a strip joint—he would arrive early. “I had to sit downstairs at the bar and watch the girls strip and then go upstairs to watch the band when they started playing.”

Smith wanted to play guitar in a band. But first he had to learn how.

“I learned in the Bayou,” he says, recalling the Georgetown club that gave acts like U2, Dire Straits, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and many others their first Washington gigs. “My whole life has been about getting mentored by the older guys, so I’d go down there and watch Sinbad or Cherry Smash”—popular area bands during the ’70s—“and beg ’em to let me sit in.”

Smith immersed himself in the world of guitar rock in Washington. He played in bands, forming friendships that still exist. But the strongest bond is with the Bayou


Cherry Smash in Georgetown - April 22, 2011


from the great jazz era of the 1940’s, exposing me to the great music of artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie and Earl “Fatha” Hines, just to name a few. Another main influence was my brother Brad, (drums) who in the early 1960’s had many rock & roll bands practice at our home. Brad was insistent I know about everyone from Bill Haley, to Little Richard, to the music of the great James Brown. Toss in the influence of my sister’s love for groups from the folk era, i.e. the Kingston Trio, and you have added the final touch for my musical journey to begin.

Enter the Beatles; I was twelve and I was sold. I doubt there will ever be another event like the Beatles in the history of music, say what you will; there is not a decent player today that does not pay great homage to the Beatles.

Fast forward to the Georgetown Music scene of the 1970’s. This was such a powerful period in the history of Washington music they have written books about it. Bands like the British Walkers, the Cherry People, the Fallen Angles, the Reasons Why, Button, Cherry Smash, and Orphan, played as house bands in the clubs along M and K streets in Georgetown. I was the drummer in Button and we played the Crazy Horse for over two years. Button also played the Bayou as the house band for six straight months. The Bayou recently was torn down to construct a water front high rise, and although gone are the clubs and this period in music, you can believe it was truly magical

Most of my concerts were at The Capital Centre in Largo, Md. but also attended shows at D.A.R. Constitution Hall and Warner Theater in The Nation's Capital. My favorite hangouts were
The Bayou and The Crazy Horse venues in Georgetown...what memories. Seeing local bands like Face Dancer, Grande Hotel and Cherry Smash or C. Smash. I now live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida (RnR heaven) because of the many venues and visits by national and local acts. It is very cool to see someone with DC/Metro roots as I miss back home very much. Speaking of Face Dancer, it reminds me of a song on their second album.."The 60's Never Died", great tune by the way. Hang in there girl, because the 60's are still alive and well in a musical sense. That decade paved the way for the 70's...the best times in my 54 years of breathing. I believe that the 80's started a downward spiral that hasn't stopped to this day. I wish I had a TIME MACHINE. I'd go back there in a heartbeat!!!
Oh well, I'm going back to read this interesting thread...Keep Rollin'!!! 

REVIEW: Lancaster Eagle-Gazette - June 28, 2007

Read about our show with:
Aaron Tippin, Mark Chestnut & Joe Diffie "The Rocking Road House Tour"

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Bright Side to be released May 15 on CDX #422 - May 1, 2007

Brent's version of Van Morrison's BRIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD released to national radio May 15, 2007 on CDX #422.

Call and request " BRIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD" this summer!

Brent Woodall & Natchez Trace recorded "Live at Rising Sun" just go to "Music" - March 27, 2007

On July 22, 2006 we had the privilege of performing with Trisha Yearwood at The Grand Victoria Casino in Rising Sun, Indiana. Unbeknownst to us Ms. Yearwood was doing a live three camera video shoot, so while we warmed up the audience the video crew was warming up on us. We were the fortunate beneficiaries of this performance and are proud to share with you the live audio tracks from the show. These tracks have not been fixed, overdubbed or tooled they are direct from the board to disk. In the spirit of “full disclosure” we did have our secret weapon, Tom McCarthy, at the console! We hope you enjoy the music.

Quote by Monte Lipman, President Universal Records on ISC - January 21, 2007

"We're always been impressed with the talented songwriters who participate in the ISC. This is a great A&R source to find new artists."
Monte Lipman, President, Universal Records

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