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Armed with a knack for slice-of-life storytelling, Donovan Woods shares the new song titled “Way Way Back." Woods’ songs have been praised by NPR, FADER, Rolling Stone, Billboard, American Songwriter, and now, he teams up with producer Todd Clark (Phillip Phillips, Noah Kahan, Dua Lipa) on the new track.

Written entirely by Woods, “Way Way Back” juxtaposes love — both new and familiar — and the peculiar space it occupies in one’s mind. Woods dives into the internal, emotional conflict individuals face when rekindling an old flame. Recorded in Nashville’s Mt. Eden Studios and produced by Clark, who also lends his musicianship on the keyboard, guitar, and vocals. The ambient track also features Woods’ guitar-picking, accompanied by the mellow percussion of Jerry Roe (Rodney Crowell, EmmyLou Harris, Luke Combs) on drums.

"My partner said something once about the idea when people get back together with past romantic partners," says Woods. “You always go as far as you’ve gone. If you slept together back then, you’d sleep together again. I thought it was a funny thought, and definitely true. But, it's not something I’d ever heard anyone say out loud. So, I took that idea and explored the peculiar space that old sexual partners seem to occupy in everyone’s mind. It can be hard to escape the comfort and nostalgia that memory lane offers, and that’s what Way Way Back is about. The whole song — production and arrangement — is indicative of this push and pull between the risky excitement of something new and the ease of something familiar.”

This marks the first release following Woods’ win for 2019 Roots Album of the Year at the Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA) and 2019 JUNO Award for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year.

Woods is currently on the road will with Ruston Kelly throughout the US and will return to Canada for a string of shows at the end of the year. Full dates can be found below. For tickets and more information, visit


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