Dine Alone Records is proud to announce that they will be the Canadian distributor for Nashville-based Readymade Records, a label from Brendan Benson of The Raconteurs. The label’s first Canadian digital release is the Benson-produced HOWL from The Howlin’ Brothers on March 19, with a physical release to follow on May 21. Watch the video for “Big Time” — which just premiered on American Songwriter — here: http://bit.ly/12s1wiz.
“I’m very happy that Dine Alone will be leading the way for Readymade in Canada, starting with The Howlin’ Brothers’ release. The Howlin’ Brothers live the life they sing about in their songs. They are authentic and the real deal through and through. On top of that, they are the hardest working musicians I’ve come across. They play their instruments every waking moment and are truly possessed by music.” — Brendan Benson
On Howl, the Nashville–based band featuring Ian Craft (Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Vocals), Jared Green (Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals), and Ben Plasse (Upright Bass, Banjo, Vocals) effortlessly dispel all kinds of preconceived notions, starting with the myth that Nashville just means ‘country’. We can also forget the words ‘rock’ and ‘pop’, regardless of what their association with Raconteur Benson might imply.
Perhaps because they veer frequently into old-time, country-blues and even Dixieland jazz territory, Ben Plasse notes, “I think we’re more willing to take risks with arrangements and style. We’re not afraid to do anything we can pull off that that we think is groovy.” Though they certainly incorporate bluegrass rhythms, these Ithaca College graduates say they’re better described as Americana, where multiple hyphens are the norm and boundaries are not.
The trio met Benson through a mutual friend who hosts frequent picking parties, a favorite Nashville pastime. Searching for multi-instrument string players to perform on a Cory Chisel album, Benson asked around, and, according to Benson’s manager, and co-Founder of Readymade Emily White, “Everyone said he had to talk to The Howlin’ Brothers.” They ended up spending an entire month in the studio together.
And no, The Howlin’ Brothers are not siblings — nor even relatives. Although, coincidentally, siblings can be heard on Howl; members of Nashville’s Jypsi contribute harmony vocals to the gospel-graced closing track, “Mama Don’t You Tell Me.” Warren Haynes also guests, on “Big Time” (which he co-wrote with the band).
The Howlin’ Brothers have been making music for three years now, and previously self-released the albums Tragic Mountain Songs (2007), Long Hard Year (2009), Baker St. Blues (2011), and a compilation of live performances, Old Time All the Time (2012). Howl is the band’s first international release. See below for confirmed tour dates including a date that brings the trio to Toronto’s Dakota Tavern, May 21.
Tracklisting – Howl by The Howlin’ Brothers
01. Big Time
02. Hermitage Hotstep
03. Julia Belle Swain
05. Delta Queen
06. Tennessee Blues
07. My Dog Can’t Bark
08. Tell Me That You Love Me
09. Just Like You
10. Take This Hammer
11. Boatman Dance
12. Mama Don’t You Tell Me
Upcoming Tour Dates:
03/02 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge/SXSW Send Off Party – 9pm
03/07 Nashville, TN @ Layla’s Bluegrass Inn – 2 pm
03/08 Louisville, KY @ Uncle Slayton’s opening for Driftwood – 9pm
03/12 SXSW: The Swollen Circus @ The Continental Club – 10pm
03/13 SXSW: Guitartown/Conqueroo @ The Dogwood – 2 pm (outside)
03/13 SXSW: Saxon Pub – Hill Country Live Official SXSW showcase – 9 pm
03/14 SXSW: Lone Star Music Street Party (S. Congress/Gibson) – 5 pm
03/15 SXSW: Readymade Official SXSW showcase @ The Stage on Sixth Patio – 9pm
03/16 SXSW: Folk Alliance Day Party @ Threadgills World Headquarters (outdoor stage) – 2pm
03/16 SXSW: The Brooklyn Country Cantina @ Papi Tino’s – 4pm
03/20 Nashville, TN @ The Station Inn
03/21 Nashville, TN @ Layla’s Bluegrass Inn
03/22 Wallard, TN @ Blackberry Farm
03/27 Knoxville, TN @ The Preservation Pub
03/28 Jackson, MS @ Hal & Mals
04/09 Knoxville, TN @ Barley’s Tap Room
04/18 Newport, KY @ The Revival Room at The Southgate House
04/24 New York, NY @ Hill Country Live
05/04 Berryville, VA @ Barns at Rose Hill
05/06 Arlington, VA @ IOTA
05/08 Raleigh, NC @ The Pour House Music Hall
05/21 Toronto, ON @ The Dakota Tavern
05/24 Chicago, IL @ The Tonic Room
06/07 Denver, CO @ Swallow Hill opening for The Duhks