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Rock & Rails Opening Act - Wendy Woo


Courtesy Photo Wendy Woo

This past Thursday evening's Rock & Rails featured Loveland's Wendy Woo as the opener. Woo is a Colorado singer-songwriter renowned for her guitar work, particularly her unique style of percussive interludes coupled with vocals and guitar.

This "slaptap" technique, as Woo has dubbed it, lends a rhythmically complex backdrop of percussion to her music where Woo slaps and taps on her guitar's body and neck, creating an aural treat for all to behold.

With over thirty years of performing experience, there should be no question as to why Woo has won the Westword Music Award 5 times, an honor that very few Colorado artists have attained. Visitors to Thursday's Rock & Rails were fortunate to witness a performance of one of her newest songs, an uplifting foot-tapper dubbed "These Are The Good Ole Days."

Woo grew up singing but didn't become a guitarist until age eighteen, when she taught herself the chords to The Beatles' "Blackbird" and was off to the races. Her work since has led her to be showered with awards such as "Best Local Artist," "Best Singer-Songwriter," and "Best Local Musician," from The Boulder Daily Camera, the Colorado Daily and Boulder Weekly, respectively. Outside of music, Woo has even branched out into a partnership with Drätz Brewery, a local establishment in Loveland which pumps out Wendy Woo Wit, a Belgium-style Witbier with a citrus tang.

Learn more about Woo at her website, wendywoo.com, or with a viewing of the 2019 documentary centered on her journey, Unshaken: The Road to Woo.


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