Among guitarists and critics, Woody Mann is considered a modern master. While the blues are his touchstone, he seems to draw inspiration from every direction, blending a myriad of influences with ease and grace. Pioneering guitar legend John Fahey said it well: "You can hear classical, jazz and blues approaches somehow converging into a single sparkling sound - a sound completely his own". Woody takes a fresh approach to his blues re-creations and his own compositions defy category. If there was a category simply called 'great music' Woody's music would belong there."
"In Songs from the Blues, Woody showcases his songs that are inspired by his love for the country blues and early jazz styles but brings the past up to the present with his original guitar style and contemporary songwriting. Mann's wizardry on the fretboard is matched by his ability to convey deep feelings with his songs - creating moods that incite, delight, or simply soothe. Mann blurs the lines between jazz, blues, classical, and world music, creating his own sound in the process. Attempts to categorize his music simply miss the point. This is brilliant playing that demands to be heard"
- Sing Out Magazine