The Hooten Hallers

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The Hooten Hallers
OriginColumbia, Missouri
GenresBlues rock, Roots music
Years active2007–present
LabelsBig Muddy Records
Websitewww.thehootenhallers.com
MembersJohn Randall (Guitar, slide guitar, vocals, 2007-present)
Andy Rehm (Drums, vocals, 2007-present)
Kellie Everett (Baritone saxophone, bass saxophone, vocals, 2014-present)
Past membersPaul Weber (Harmonica, tuba, 2013-2014)

The Hooten Hallers are an American blues/ rock'n'roll band that formed in Columbia, Missouri in 2007.

History[edit]

The band was founded by guitarist/lead vocalist John Randall and drummer/ falsetto vocalist Andy Rehm, who performed as a duo and were known for their raucous and often improvised live performances. Paul Weber briefly joined the band in 2013-14 on harmonica and tuba, and wrote several of the group's songs, such as "She Used to Love My Music" and "Trouble Is".[1] Baritone and bass saxophonist Kellie Everett joined in 2014 and solidified the group's line-up as a trio. The Hooten Hallers are a "high-energy blues, soul and rock and roll band known for their gritty Americana roots music".[2]

After a number of self-released albums, the Hooten Hallers signed with Big Muddy Records in 2012, releasing their album "Greetings From Welp City!" which featured harmonica work by Ryan Koenig of Pokey LaFarge. The full length follow-up album "Chillicothe Fireball" was released in 2014 on Big Muddy Records, and features performances by Paul Weber and Kellie Everett. The group embarked on their first European tour in 2015 with Joe Buck (Musician) and Viva Le Vox, performing in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, France, and Spain. The acoustic EP "Mountain of Pain" was released on Big Muddy Records in 2016, and was an intentional departure from the band's sound, adding acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, and piano to the mix.

The band's latest studio album, "The Hooten Hallers", came out on April 21, 2017 on Big Muddy Records. Vice's Noisey called it "an exciting mix of blues, punk, and folk".[3] The self-titled album was co-produced by Johnny Walker (Dr. John Wirick) of the Soledad Brothers (band) and Kristo Baricevic. No Depression writes that the music "evokes images of Tom Waits tending to a trotline at Lake of the Ozarks."[4] The album charted at #24 on The Roots Music Report's Top 50 Americana Country Album Chart for the Week of May 27, 2017.[5]

Tours[edit]

The band has toured or performed with acts such as Pokey LaFarge,[6] The Dead South, Legendary Shack Shakers,[7] Reverend Horton Heat, Possessed by Paul James, JD Wilkes & the Dirt Daubers, T Model Ford, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Scott H. Biram, Split Lip Rayfield, Left Lane Cruiser,[8] Black Diamond Heavies, Larry and His Flask, Unknown Hinson, and many others.

They have performed at a number of festivals in North America and Europe, including Winnipeg Folk Festival,[9] Muddy Roots Music Festival, 80/35 Music Festival, The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival,[10] [11] , Rotterdam Bluegrass Festival, Deep Blues Festival, Long Beach Folk Revival Festival, Wildwood Music Festival, Muddy Roots Europe, and Moonrunner's Music Festival.

Discography[edit]

Year Title Label
2007 We Have Friends self-released
2009 The Epic Battle of Good and Evil [12] self-released
2009 Meld Minds self-released
2010 Live At Widows Peak self-released
2012 Live in Austin at the Legendary White Swan self-released
2012 Greetings From Welp City! Big Muddy Records
2012 War With Hell/ Missouri Boy b/w Holy Moses [13] Big Muddy Records
2014 Chillicothe Fireball [14][15][16] Big Muddy Records
2016 Mountain of Pain Big Muddy Records
2017 The Hooten Hallers [17] Big Muddy Records
2018 Live in Missouri Garlic Press

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Hooten Hallers Into The Deep". BostonBlues.com.
  2. ^ "Q & A With Andy Rehm of The Hooten Hallers". Vox Magazine.
  3. ^ "Let the Hooten Hallers Get You on Your Feet With Their New Self-Titled Album". Noisey.
  4. ^ "Time With a Hippy River Queen on 'Charla' (Premiere)". No Depression.
  5. ^ "Top 50 Americana Country Album Chart for the Week of May 27, 2017". Roots Music Report.
  6. ^ "Relive New Year's Eve: River Kittens, The Hooten Hallers And Pokey LaFarge At The Pageant". Alive Magazine.
  7. ^ "The Legendary Shack Shakers, The Hooten Hallers". Carbondale Music Coalition.
  8. ^ "The Basement Welcomes The Hooten Hallers". Gary Hayes Country.
  9. ^ "Folk Finale". Winnipeg Free Press.
  10. ^ http://www.columbiatribune.com/blogs/20171002/rounding-up-this-years-roots-n-blues
  11. ^ "The Hooten Hallers come home for Roots 'N' Blues performance". Vox Magazine.
  12. ^ "ALBUM REVIEW: THE HOOTEN HALLERS, "THE EPIC BATTLE OF GOOD AND EVIL" BY SPEISER". KWUR 90.3FM.
  13. ^ https://www.discogs.com/The-Hooten-Hallers-Welp-City-45/release/6412542
  14. ^ "Rosanne Cash tops this week's CD reviews". Winnipeg Sun.
  15. ^ "MUSIC REVIEW: THE HOOTEN HALLERS". New Territory Magazine.
  16. ^ "Our Featured Bloggers' Favorite Albums of 2013". No Depression.
  17. ^ "Hooten Hallers self-titled album out 4/21". Grateful Web.