Bay Area indie-folk trio THE MUMLERS (headliner), ED MASUGA also on the bill
Band recently released two new albums: ‘Live at the Old Idaho Penitentiary’ and ‘Skinny Mammy’s Revenge’
Old-timey acoustic quartet Hillfolk Noir will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at Flying M Coffeegarage, 1314 2nd St. S., Nampa. Tickets are $5 advance, $7 at the door; advance tickets at brownpapertickets.com/event/169215.
Headlining the bill will be Bay Area indie-folk trio The Mumlers (themumlers.com). Follow Bay Area folkie Ed Masuga (myspace.com/edmasuga) also will perform.
Fronted by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Travis Ward, Boise, Idaho’s Hillfolk Noir (petometz.com) has been described as a dark, country-tinged, swampy-swingin’, hillbilly-delta-blues-ragtime word machine. The band calls it Junkerdash, but no matter the descriptor, you’ll find Hillfolk Noir’s psychedelic swamp-shack rags equally spooky and toe-tapping.
Hillfolk Noir’s lineup consists of:
Travis Ward: Resonator guitar, vocals, harmonica, kazoo, words
Mike Waite: Stand-up bass
Jared Goodpastor: Snare, washboard, tambourine, harmonies
Alison Ward: Singing saw, washboard, banjo, harmonies
In December 2010, Hillfolk Noir released a pair of new albums: Live at the Old Idaho Penitentiary and Skinny Mammy’s Revenge. Both albums debuted in the Top 20 at The Record Exchange, Idaho’s largest independent record store, with Skinny Mammy’s Revenge charting at No. 4 and Live at the Old Idaho Penitentiary coming in at No. 12. is documentation of a period of evolution in the band’s instrumentation and sound. The band was shifting away from electric instruments and more toward an old-timey sound; in the middle of that shift, there was an opportunity to create a concert and recording event at the historically rough-and-tumble Old Idaho Penitentiary in October 2009. Hillfolk Noir invited four additional musicians to join them for the event, which was recorded unplugged in an old cell block to 11 microphones for a live, multitracked record. Each song was played only once, so all of the recordings are fresh and raw. Hillfolk Noir is proud of the saturated acoustic vibe created by this unusual lineup in an unusual and emotionally-charged setting. The album includes a bonus DVD featuring an equally moody black-and-white documentary of the event filmed by Kyle Morck.
Live at the Old Idaho Penitentiary
Skinny Mammy’s Revenge: The Gage Street Market Sessions was recorded “session style” at the old Gage Street Market in Boise, Idaho. Hillfolk Noir met several evenings a week for two months, always recording live around one ribbon microphone to a vintage Nagra 1/4″ tape machine. The songs were then mastered by Jon Mullin. Very little modification was made to the original tracks, just a bit of EQ work and noise reduction. All of the singing and playing sounds just the way it happened, with mistakes, quirks and a heavy dose of mood intact.
Hillfolk Noir has performed with James McMurtry, Built to Spill, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Gerald Collier, Heroes and Villains, Train, Jesse Dayton, the Dusty 45s, Neva Dinova, Neko Case, Justin Townes Earle, Deer Tick, Gourds, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and tons of other great acts that you may or may not have heard of.
For more music, complete bio, performance history, discography and more, visit Hillfolk Noir at petometz.com and sonicbids.com/hillfolknoir. Interact with the band at myspace.com/hillfolknoir and facebook.com/hillfolknoir.
Please list the shows in your calendar and consider further coverage. Hillfolk Noir is available for interviews. For interview/CD requests, high-resolution images or more information, contact Chad Dryden with Bandwagon PR, 208.284.0355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A sampling of accolades for Hillfolk Noir:
“If John Steinbeck owned a speakeasy, Hillfolk Noir would be the house band.” – John Doe (X, The Knitters)
“Whether it’s the tolling bells of deathbed fevers, the loping swagger of a stranger in town walking down Main Street as every gunslinger in town stops and stares, or the wagon trains of woe rolling past desolate, arid, landscapes on a breeze of radiation, Ward and his Hillfolkers flow through the last wisps of a world gone very wrong for the protagonist with crooked, receding grins at reapers grim and eager as they transcend the alt.country hokum with a full-tilt-off-kilter medicine show of captivating enchantment that should diffuse beyond the canyons, badlands and sad-swaying hillsides of Idaho.” – Medicine Stu, Maverick Magazine
“Country rock, then more folksy, then something that sounds like Tom Waits, and then something that could have come out of late-’60s San Francisco.” – Rob Christensen, Tape Op
“Too authentic to be considered alt anything. Ward is an evocative, charismatic singer-songwriter who embraces diverse shards of Americana. Time warped kaleidoscopes – sparse, historically reverent and pretty terrific.” – Michael Deeds, Idaho Statesman
“Washboard rhythms, heavy guitar, melancholy banjo and the dark profundity of a stand-up bass give Hillfolk Noir’s music a foot-stompin’, two-steppin’ vibe, but their inky, folky sounds reverberate with creepy things hiding in forest shadows.” – Amy Atkins, Boise Weekly
“You guys sound like Johnny Cash on Robitussin.” – Ryan, Pengilly’s Saloon bartender