Many people are angry with anything and everything, but luckily there are some musicians who preach kindness., and when Oliver Wood sings about that, you believe that’s the only right way. We know the singer / songwriter / guitarist as the frontman of The Wood Brothers, with whom he has built an impressive discography of folk, gospel, country-soul, and Americana. Now, with his debut solo album Always Smilin’, available digitally and on CD (the vinyl LP is expected on July 9), he continues it strongly (and uplifting). Don’t expect a wall of sound, these are open, jazzy / bluesy folk songs in which each of the instruments may excel alongside Wood’s distinctive voice. Fans of Van Morrison, The Lee Sankey Group, Michael Franti, and G. Love will also enjoy this music very much.