hoots & hellmouth :: salt :: why would you not want to go there?

There are very few albums that are good enough to allow me to sit through them in their entirety. Typically, there’s an off song here or there, a jam to which I cannot relate, a tune that rubs me the wrong way. And this from bands I adore and trust as much as most do their mood-altering medications.

For some perspective for you dear readers (as if you’d asked for it), consider that Nathaniel Rateliff makes those kind of albums for me. So does Shakey Graves, Trampled by Turtles, and the Avetts. These are bands I know like the back of my hand. They are my routine, these albums, my solace and my respite. And now I’m adding Hoots & Hellmouth to that very small list and this is awkward for me, as I’ve no idea who these rad fuckers are. They are foreign to me. I’m obviously failing at life.

Having heard their forthcoming album, Salt, in all it’s full glory and beauty, I encourage you to head out and just pre-order the piss out of this thing. For serious, do not fuck around. Preemptively, just like, what? 2 days into 2012? I’m telling you this one will make the Best Of… list at the end of the fucking year. Let me gush here for just a second: HOLY FUCKING LORD, I REALLY LIKE THIS BAND.

{Look dudes, I don’t fucking cuss that much.}

If the PR machine would let me gift you this entire album right now, I’d fucking take that train. But alas, this is AMERICA! I cannot. Instead, I will give you what they tell me I can and because I dig this album so much, I will tow that line happily. In Folk Hive land, the Americana bar has just been raised. ‘City Lights on a Country Ceiling’ is quite possibly my favorite song of the year thus far. I want to feed it whiskey, pluck it’s mandolin (if you know what I’m saying), and kiss it’s mouth. I am XXX-rated in love with this album.

Salt is being released 10 April. The band is touring, which is something they apparently never, ever stop doing, and soon they’ll be doing so with Frontier Ruckus which gives them infinite cool points.

February 4 – Elk Creek Cafe – Millheim, PA
February 8 – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT
February 10 – Stone Mountain Arts Center – Brownfield, ME
February 11 -Middle East – Cambridge, MA
February 14 – Tin Angel – Philadelphia, PA (2 Shows)
February 17 – The Black Oak – Oneota, NY
February 18 – The Rock Shop – Brooklyn, NY
February 19 – City Winery – New York, NY
March 2 – The Whiskey – Annapolis, MD
March 3 – Arden Gild Hall – Arden, DE
March 8 – Club Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA
March 9 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
March 10 – The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI
March 16 – Martyrs – Chicago, IL*
March 17 – The Strutt – Kalamazoo, MI*
March 18 – The Mill – Iowa City, IA*
March 21 – Headliners – Louisville, KY*
March 22 – High Watt – Nashville, TN*
March 23 – Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC*
March 24 – UNCW 16th Annual Wing Fling – Carolina Beach*
March 24 – SoapBox – Wilmington, NC
March 25 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC*
March 29 – The Southern Cafe – Charlottesville, VA*
March 30 – IOTA – Arlington, VA*

* = with Frontier Ruckus


Hoots & Hellmouth :: Why Would You Not Want To Go There? [mp3]


  1. Jessica said:

    Love Hoots and Hellmouth. I will be going to see them on 2/14 at the Tin Angel in Philly. I’ve known these guys since their “Pilot around the sun” days.

  2. Carl said:

    Can’t wait for April!

    Another great find!

    MT C

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