The Howlin’ Brothers (from the album Still Howlin’ available as a self-release)
The Howlin’ Brothers adopt old time string band music and bluegrass as a soundtrack for their live shows and their recent release, Still Howlin’. In the hands of the Nashville trio, the playing of upright bass, slide banjo, harmonica, and fiddle becomes a clenched fist grabbing you by the lapels to sing of the down side to a “Quiet Town”. The Howlin’ Brothers blast harmonica Blues and raw rhythm into the album opener, “Lucky Enough”, as they chew on a Folk ramble to tell the tale of “Hard Luck and Troubles”, and make tough choices on the ragged strums of “Back Home”. Still Howlin’spins an Americana wheel of musical possibilities, The Howlin’ Brothers scrathing out some skiffle when they take the stage as “Watermelon Bucket Band”. Still Howlin’lays out a thick beat for the Folk Blues of “Wrapped Around Your Finger” and opens up the guitar case for some Country street corner busking in “Harmonica Song”.
The rhythm trudges with careful steps through back alley Jazz as The Howlin’ Brothers become the “Broken-Hearted Man” while they slap out a beat to match the pace of the “Go Getter” and turn Still Howlin’into a hoedown with the traditional tune “Ride Old Buck to Water” and play one for the dancers with Bill Monroe’s “Uncle Penn”. A hush leads the harmonies on album closer “Sing It Up High”, The Howlin’ exiting Still Howlin’on a slow march towards salvation.
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