My beautiful and interesting wife sent me this beautiful and interesting music last night as we were discussing Nickle Creek’s reunion and where to spend our fun money this spring and summer. (It goes without saying that we already got Nickle Creek tickets as soon as we possibly could have – but there’s Hayes Carll and Joan Baez and Dave Alvin and Hurray for the Riff Raff and…and…and…!)
Haas Kowert Tice derives their name from the last name of each of their three members; so the name ends up sounding quirky and exotic while the people are probably actually really simple and normal. I dig that. This is also a side project for Paul Kowert who has risen to critical fame as the bassist for Punch Brothers.
My first thought was that HKT’s lively blend of fiddle, mandolin, upright bass and guitar sounds a lot like the Goat Rodeo Sessions, and their music is kind of like what a hoedown at Carnegie Hall might be like: exciting and rambunctious but pleasantly cultured.
I’m already a huge fan of the second track “Down in the Hatch.” Its upward motion and energy makes me want to get up and dance a country jig around the small and often-awkward office/studio where I work. It possesses a lot of emotion without any lyrics at all, which is what the best instrumental music can do.
Kudos to you, Haas Kowert Tice. I’ll definitely come see you if you come through the ol’ PDX neighborhood.