Wood Newton moved from his home state of Arkansas to Nashville in 1976 to get in the music business. Since then, as a songwriter Wood has written some of country music’s biggest hits, among them are; "Bobbie Sue" for The Oak Ridge Boys, "Twenty Years Ago" for Kenny Rogers, “What I Didn't Do” for Steve Wariner, and “Riding With Private Malone” which he produced for David Ball. All four of these songs have received BMI awards for being played over a million times.
Wood produced, and sang harmony with David Ball on “Old Folks At Home”, a track on “Beautiful Dreamer, The Songs Of Stephen Foster”. It won a Grammy for Traditional Folk Album of the year 2005. Wood served on the NSAI Board of Directors for many years, and made several trips to Washington DC in support of the songwriting profession.