Singer-songwriter Hugh Robert Masterson grew up in Butternut, Wisconsin – a quaint but fading small town with decrepit mills, dirt roads, farms, beat down bars, and a population of 300.
“It’s the kind of place where the silence is deafening and the stars are so bright you can feel nothing but humbled,” says Masterson. Now, his band Hugh Bob and The Hustle and their masterful self-titled debut album are bringing to life this slice of classic Americana with ruggedly poetic lyrics and sweetly winsome roots rock.
Live and on record, The Hustle, a band of friends with telepathic interplay, aptly backs Masterson and a unique approach to American roots music. The Hustle is: Quinn Scharber, guitar/vocals; Nicholas Stuart, bass/vocals; Bradley Kruse, keys/vocals; and Justin Krol, drums.
From the band’s latest self-titled release, “This Bar Is A Prison” is now available to listen and share HERE. Featuring everything from jangly acoustic guitars to foot-stomping acapella vocals, this new track epitomizes the diversity and soulfulness woven throughout the record.
Masterson’s is a blend of hard luck stories and backwoods whimsy with crisp twang, high lonesome harmonies, and heartland rock n’ roll that comes together to form a “North Country” sound. It’s similar in spirit to country in its earnestness and its ties to American folk traditions, but details the plight of folks up North.
Head below to see when you can catch Hugh Bob & The Hustle in your city.
With Sturgill Simpson*
5/15 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues*
5/16 – Mequon, WI – Milwaukee Area Technical College
5/17 – Appleton, WI – Anduzzi’s*
With Nikki Lane^
6/11 – Lawrence, KS – Replay Lounge^
6/12 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway
6/13 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern^
6/14 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry^
6/18 – Milwaukee, WI – Cactus Club (Hugh Bob Solo)^
7/10 – Lansing, MI – Common Ground Music Festival
7/18 – Kimberly, WI – Paperfest (Hugh Bob solo)
7/26 – Butternut, WI – Pioneer Days
7/30 – Spring Green, WI – Shitty Barn
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