Hoth Brothers deliver a feel and sound that others fail to achieve by trying too hard to capture such a pure essence. It comes naturally to them so they don’t have to work at it – spontaneous with a strong heartbeat and depth of character.
The tectonic plates were nudged when they released the Workin and Dreamin’ album. From live performances on their home turf, the gauntlet was already thrown down to let the world know that they meant business.
When the record finally emerged, it was as if they came out of the corner with all guns blazin,’ the no-holds-barred song-writing of Bard Edrington and Boris McCutcheon delivered with all the earthy substance of two men who are no strangers to getting dirt under their fingernails.
Formed when they first came together in 2017, they whooped up powerfully-charged material that lifted the spirits like tumbleweeds in a dust devil, creating a whirlwind of timeless roots music and salt-cured New Mexicana.
Each had put out solo projects to stake a well-deserved claim.
When Workin’ and Dreamin’ was born it felt like a seismic shift.
“Best release of 2019 so far,” said one writer.
“Excellent Gospel-infused roots” said AmericanaUK while Songlines magazine called it “appealingly gritty.”
The record had all you ever loved about John Fogerty, JJ Cale, John Hartford, Tony Joe White, Hillfolk Noir The Earl Brothers and Ramsay Midwood, rolled into one amazing collection.
They’d set up a portable studio at Edrington’s house and over three colossal days, the best cuts of prime meat were canned and ready for market, complete with the just-right percussion of Greg Williams and the instinctive brilliance of Sarah Ferrell on upright bass and vocals.
The aim was to create a true folk album with as little production as possible to keep it honest and pure, understated but punchy.
Together, they lay rail lines through the deep wonders of the American West on a journey that allows listeners to experience truth, wonder the wilderness.
It’s an exhilarating ride.