The Whiskey Priest
is Austin, TX based songwriter Seth Woods
Seth moved to Austin in 2003, where he soon started making music with his band Sad Accordions. Around the time Sad Accordions finished their first record, A Bad Year For The Sharons, the band’s writing process began to move towards a more collaborative effort, with less of an emphasis on already-existing individual songs. While this was a much needed and welcomed change for the band, it left Seth with a suitcase full of homeless songs. And as these things will often go, long stretches of heartache continued to add to his catalogue. Heartache plus unused songs and an identification with a specific character from classic twentieth century literature (one tormented by the struggle between the human and the divine, no less!) equals The Whiskey Priest.
Aided by good friend and fellow Austin musician Alex “hooch” Dupree, Seth began working on The Whiskey Priest recordings in May of 2006. Gathering with a small group of friends in a downtown church attic, they recorded a handful of songs to Alex’s four track tape machine. These became the beginnings of Wave and Cloud, a record that would finally see its completion in 2009, and its eventual release in 2010. Wave and Cloud will be available this summer online through the UK label Rainboot, as well as at various Austin record shops, and of course at The Whiskey Priest shows.
Alongside Seth’s work as The Whiskey Priest and in Sad Accordions, he also plays regularly in Chris Simpson’s Zookeeper, Alex Dupree’s Trapdoor Band, and Booher and The Turkeyz.