Hillfolk Noir’s traditional acoustic mountain music, is based on a half-century of folk, country, rock ‘n’ roll and string-band blues. The band calls it Junkerdash, or “indie folk.”
Hillfolk Noir’s touring lineup normally consists of:
- Travis Ward: resonator guitar, vocals, suitcase, harmonica, kazoo, words
- Mike Waite: stand-up bass
- Alison Ward: singing saw, washboard, banjo, harmonies
The band is currently touring, promoting their latest album, “Hillfolk Noir Radio Hour”, released in March 2012. The recording is similar to an old-fashioned radio program, and includes commercial breaks that advertise fake products the group made up. The album is available on CD, MP3 and limited-edition 10-inch vinyl packaged to resemble a 1920s-era 78.
Hillfolk Noir has performed with Built to Spill, James McMurtry, Neko Case, Justin Townes Earle, Deer Tick, Gourds, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Gerald Collier, Train, Jesse Dayton, and many other acts.
A recent review for Hillfolk Noir:
“Hillfolk Noir have made a classic roots record using old style, one mic, low-fi technology, the music is fantastic but the feel of the record “Skinny Mammy’s Revenge” has captured the passion and love of this genre absolutely perfectly. As soon as you hear it, you are there with them, in that circle of musicians, hearing up-close their great songs, the heartfelt stories and you are next to them for every note… a roots classic without a doubt.”
~ Barry Marshall-Everitt, House of Mercy Radio
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