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Concert LiveWire’s Basement Tapes presents artists live & in-the studio (and occasionally onstage and unhinged) during their travels through the Chicagoland area. These exclusive, one-of-a-kind recordings are handpicked by the artists and delivered to you here as free downloads. In addition to these rare tracks we also feature video interviews along with stills from these sessions, giving you a fly-on-the-wall perspective of the artists during their sessions.

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Hardly a basement, these sessions are recorded and mixed at Woodland Audio/Video Studios in Spring Grove, IL – owned and operated by Gordon Rinda who has graciously opened his doors and turned up his amps for these unique performances.

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Hoots & Hellmouth

April 30, 2008

They may sound like they just descended from the hills of Appalachia, but Hoots & Hellmouth instead hail from Philly – a city better known for it’s soul music than the rafter-rattling hoedown of folk, gospel, bluegrass and punk that this quartet specializes in.

When the foursome arrived in their van for this session the first thing decidedly different was that instead of hauling in a drumkit they lugged in their own stages, so to speak - large stomping boards (complete with tambourines nailed to them) that they use as their only source of percussion for their live shows. Toss in two acoustic guitars, upright bass, mandolin, heavenly harmonies, hog-callin’ howls and enough whiskers and hair to weave the fingertips back into the tattered gloves of every train-hopping hobo, and this added up to one of the most lively and infectious sessions we’ve had the pleasure to put to tape.

Led by Sean Hoots, yes, that is his real last name, and Andrew “Hellmouth” Gray, along with mandolinist Rob Berliner and bassist Aaron Blouin, the quartet turned in two great versions of songs from their self-titled Mad Dragon full-length debut (the spirited “Home in a Boxcar” along with the beautiful and more introspective track “Two Hearts, A Snake & A Concubine,” the latter which we’ll be offering later as a free bonus track), as well two numbers from their sprawling live repertoire (the rambunctious “Wizened” and “Asleep On The Couch,” which mixes blues, folk and gospel into their own spicy musical gumbo). They also delivered their own irresistible take on the traditional folk number “Candyman” that had everyone in the studio merrily shuffling about like Jed Clampett high-stepping in the front parlor.

They may write, play and perform as if they were in a turn-of-the-century traveling medicine show, but Hoots & Hellmouth somehow manage to keep this age-old traditional music not only timeless, but also as relevant as ever. For proof just check out the four free songs below from their session… and party like it’s 1899. - Tony Bonyata

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Hoots & Hellmouth - Home In A Boxcar [download]
Hoots & Hellmouth - Asleep On The Couch [download]
Hoots & Hellmouth – Candyman [download]
Hoots & Hellmouth – Wizened [download]

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For more info on Hoots & Hellmouth go to:
http://www.hootsandhellmouth.com
 
This Basement Tapes session was recorded at Woodland Audio/Video in Spring Grove, IL. Engineered and mixed by Mike Manthei. Video shot by Georgia Rinda and produced by Gordon Rinda. Photos by Phil Bonyata.

For more info on Woodland Audio/Video go to:
http://www.woodlandaudio.com/

 

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