The Hooten Hallers are specialists if it comes to hillbilly blues with a happy sound. The Columbia, MO trio are known for hard-traveling and wild, energetic live shows, criss-crossing their way through North America and Europe with their seemingly endless tour schedule. Last year they released their latest EP Mountain of Pain in 2016 and are back with a new record called “Hooten Hallers”.
The Hooten Hallers 2016 EP Mountain of Pain
“Methamphetamine Romance features some of the “finest New Orleans blues influences. You might think Dr. John visited the studio to record this song alongside the Hooten Hallers. Like most of their songs, “16 Gallons” also contains happy grooves. The lyrics are like most blues good songs about finding your woman with another man,
When The Hooten Hallers come to town, you know it’s gonna be a party!
Hit song “40 Oz to Memphis”
“Six Feet To The Ground” is maybe the bluesiest song you’ll find on Mountain of Pain. It may remind you of the slower songs Howlin’ Wolf made back in the day. The hit of this album for me is “40 Oz to Memphis” which contain unlike other songs a leading violin tune. The melodic duo vocals are most hearable in the catchy “40 Oz to Memphis” chorus.
Hooten Hallers Influences from blues to dark Americana
The band self-describes “the myriad of influences in their music range from pre-war blues to punk rock to dark Americana, with a thematic penchant for the strange and the unexplained. In the same vein, the Hooten Hallers’ music isn’t quite Americana and it’s not quite punk, but a bit of both, fused together in a drunken tangle”.
New Hooten Hallers Album April 2017
The Hooten Hallers released this April a new self-titled album on Big Muddy Records. According to the band, “they’ve injected their new album with the stories and characters they’ve been meeting on the road all this time. This combined with hometown pride is key to The Hooten Hallers’ ability to ride the line between DIY punk and American roots music”.
The Hooten Hallers “O, Jolene!”
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