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”.
In the late seventies The Dils were one of the major Punk Rock bands in the California area. After a few successful years The group fronted by Chip and Tony Kinman broke up in 1980, but the Kinman brothers continued to play music in different projects. The last decade Chip ‘exiled’ from music. But now he has returned with the Punk Rocked Blues band Ford Madox Ford, which reflects Kinman’s own take on the blues. Kinman’s vision and style of playing Blues is out of the box but in some way traditional. It is modern but also close to the roots. But above all it makes me curious what to expect more from this band.
First song: “Expect It”
“Expect It” Is the first song Ford Madox Ford released (on vinyl) by Porterhouse Records. You will hear the Punk Rock influences in this song, but “Expect It” is a arranged on a traditional blues progression. About the sound of Ford Madox Ford Kinman told the L.A. times:
“This is not a boutique band. We play really loud,” “And it is definitely not about ‘keeping the blues alive.’ I went to a big blues show recently and kept hearing that. The blues is not going down the drain by any means, there’s no need for that kind of talk. We are planning on doing everything, recording, touring, winning a Grammy. So that’s the plan — Best Blues album Grammy 2016!”
I’m looking forward hearing more from this band. There is no doubt Ford Madox Ford will bring us very interesting blues inspired music!
Tokyo based Dusty & Black Tie – Loud Punk Blues / Rock and Roll
They bring Garage Rock and Roll and hail from Tokyo in Japan. Their music reminds you of The Cramps, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Dick Dale: Dustie & Black Tie is a gritty and raw band that uses Blues and Rock ‘n Roll to make some fine sounding rock music.
Although there is less information about Dusty & Black Tie, their music is everywhere. Dustie brings fine Rock ‘ n Roll rolled into a Punk Burrito. “Daddy and Bunny” is a song based on a tight rhythm and blues rhythm. The vocals are primitive and powelful, the groove is fast!
Rock and Roll Gangster I & II
“I Wanna Rock” Is a surf and rockabilly style song built on a 12 bar blues scheme. Another song “Pimp Zigzag” Is best be described as a Jungle. This song rocks out and contain some catchy guitar and vocals by Miss Dusty & Black Tie. Dusty & Black Tie released two albums in 2013 called Rock and Roll Gangster I and Rock and Roll Gangster II.
Full of darkness, smoke and whiskey Protopunk-Blues of The Jake Wood
Pack your bags and move fast for the next flight to Russia cause in a couple of days you will be able to see the siberian garage-protopunk-blues of Russian band The Jake Wood. This trio is mostly famous by their powerfull and unpredictable live performances. The Jake Wood is a synonymous for rough, full of darkness, smoke and whiskey.
Hailing from Russia since 2011
The Jake Wood brings rhythmic mechanical beats, bluesy guitar riffs and straight forward lyrics. Since their formation in 2011 they released several recordings including two LP’s. “Jake Wood” their first LP recorded in Tomsk was released in December 2012. This album contains songs like “One More New Pleasure”, which is a slow swamp blues kind of song with here and there some psychedelic influences.
Second LP the Jake Wood – DEUS
The second LP Deus was released 2014 October. Song like “Back tonight” start with a blues feeling groove. Especially the guitar riff brings that rhytmic blues feeling I like. Later this song turns into the protopunk trademark style of The Jake Wood. You hear this through everything, including the wildromance vocals.
Conquering stages around the world
Over the years this trio conquered stages around the world including The International Film Festival Rotterdam, Cinema for peace (Berlin) and the most popular festivals of Russia. Also, The Jack Wood have collaborated with famous musicians like Richard Hell, Lenny Kaye, Mark Ribot, Nick Zinner, Pussy Riot and Le Tigre in New York.
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Photo Credit: Cover picture The Jake Wood Facebook, credits to the original photographer and the Jake Wood
Powerful Trash Blues provided by The Pignose Willy’s
The Trash Bluesman of the Pignose Willy’s turn your local bar or festival into a chaotic rage of blues. These guys are foot stomping, electric and their music is fast as lightning.
Comprised of Joost Varkenvisser behind the wheel and doing heavy time on the vocals, electric guitar, kick drum, shaking and kicking everything one man with four limbs possibly can. The lookout man, Pieter Kamp on the roaring whore of the electric distortion blues harmonica. Live on stage these guys are a whole lot of an experience!
Who Do You Love It is the perfect fuel for an old hotrod heading for the Delta. ‘Hoodoo Jungle Blues’ brings some of the heaviest harmonica, electric guitars and raw-edged vocals. But above all this song grooves, stomps and makes you go craaazy. In ‘Green Bottle’ You will experience the same groove but gives you time to take a small breathe.
‘Fuzzbone Slim’ brings your hotrod closer to the swamps and is as close as the Pignose Willy’s can come to a slow blues song. The screaming harmonica tune digs deep into your bones and is a good reason to listen ‘Fuzzbone Slim’ over and over again.
I had a crazy experience listening to this duo from Holland. The Pignose Willy’s machine guarantees some of the heaviest blues on the planet and Will make you stomp a cowboy boot apart. enjoy your Journey!
“Up your ass craaaazy’ boogie blues burners, with Storming Rhythms and Hoodoo shouting jungle noise vocals! That’s the low down beautifully paced and finely constructed swooning trash sound of The Pignose Willy’s.”