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9/14 - Huffington Post premiering “Companion” Music video 9/15 - M Music & Musicians Magazine AMA portrait session 9/21 - WDVX-FM - "Blue Plate Special" live radio performance 10/2 - Gems on VHS studio performance 10/5 - Our Vinyl session 10/5 - Grimeys In-store appearance 10/6 - Performance on “WSMV” Today in Nashville 10/10 - Ditty TV in-studio session
Videos: Takin' Over (Vevo): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtQdinrjOz0 Companion (Unlisted): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m87VI79w1uY&feature=youtu.be
Press: 2017 Synch: T-Mobile ad campaign, FX show “Justified”, CW show “Hart of Dixie”, CMT “Nashville”, MTV "Companion"
Get fresh tunes for June, park it for Humming House http://www.tallahassee.com/story/entertainment/2017/06/15/get-fresh-tunes-june-park-humming-house/102896912/
Humming House jams with TCPalm at Terra Fermata http://www.tcpalm.com/story/entertainment/tcpalmsocial/2017/06/16/humming-house-jams-tcpalm-terra-fermata/404276001/
BAEBLE FIRST PLAY: “Takin’ Over” by Humming House http://www.baeblemusic.com/musicblog/7-27-2017/baeble-first-play-takin-over-by-humming-house.html “After listening to so much music from rising Nashville rockers, I'm starting to think everyone down there is super happy all the time. Nashville-based bands like COIN and Colony House have perfected poppy guitar riffs and feel-good choruses, and now Humming House is joining in with equally radiant tunes.”
Broadway World - Becca Mancari Premieres 'Summertime Mama' Video https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/Becca-Mancari-Premieres-Summertime-Mama-Video-20170818 “This fall, Mancari and her band will showcase Good Woman on tours with Birdtalker and Humming House, with additional tour dates to be announced later this year.”
Glide Magazine - SONG PREMIERE: HUMMING HOUSE SHARE INFECTIOUS TITLE TRACK OFF UPCOMING LP ‘COMPANION’ https://glidemagazine.com/191753/song-premiere-humming-house-share-infectious-title-track-off-upcoming-lp-companion/ The story of the album mirrors the story of the band: it’s one of collaboration, experimentation, and showing up for each other over and again. There are songs of hope and of desperation so that the prevailing mood is one of exchange and balance.
This week in Americana - Humming House mentioned under New Music section Description: https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/Qq-1nKWK5jIH98ssAQs6Z0mmOYVfsQogNruJjS48oFis96FDlRvyXEwZIgRAddcabGPniya7hnxVXIi6tnFbGS-oyRzlJ1YoXd7iLsEWRS2CVHxQuKza8geLJXT94iZyo4Bs3xz7
No Country For New Nashville - New On Our Nashville Spotify Playlist: Humming House, Tennis, David Ramirez, Elliott Root, White Reaper, & More http://nocountryfornewnashville.com/2017/08/28/new-on-our-nashville-spotify-playlist-humming-house-tennis-david-ramirez-elliott-root-white-reaper-more/
Independent Clauses - Mid August Singles Folk and Fun http://independentclauses.com/mid-august-singles-1-folk-and-fun/ “Takin’ Over” – Humming House. Punchy, dance-party-ready pop-rock here that sounds like Avett Brothers fused to Colony House.
Inbox Jukebox - Inbox Jukebox #015 – Eric Nally, Freedom Fry, Cody Lovaas, Humming House, Suzanne Santo and Butch Walker, Glass Hour https://idobi.com/news/inbox-jukebox-015/ Humming House is taking us to our happy place—we dare you NOT to nod your head and dance around your space, while singing along to a thousand blissful la la lahs.
Huffington Post - See It Here First: Humming House Hunters Find Their Perfect Companion http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/see-it-here-first-humming-house-hunters-find-their_us_59ba22cfe4b02c642e4a13f0 "Humming House, consistently shining as an energetic band filled with uplifting, infectious tunes, up the ante on Companion."
The Daily Times - Humming House celebrates the joys of 'Companion'ship on new album http://www.thedailytimes.com/entertainment/humming-house-celebrates-the-joys-of-companion-ship-on-new/article_ab060c31-001f-5f29-9c35-4b5b7daec4d4.html
University Echo - Concert Preview: Humming House at the Revelry Room http://www.theutcecho.com/concert-preview-humming-house-at-the-revelry-room/
Broadway World - NPR Music's First Listen Premieres Becca Mancari's Debut Album 'Good Woman' https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwmusic/article/NPR-Musics-First-Listen-Premieres-Becca-Mancaris-Debut-Album-Good-Woman-20170928# “Becca Mancari is currently on the road with Humming House and will tour with her band Bermuda Triangle in early October.”
American Songwriter - Stream Humming House’s New Album Companion http://americansongwriter.com/2017/10/stream-humming-houses-new-album-companion/
Tour Dates: 5/20/2017 Musician’s Corner Nashville, TN 5/26/2017 Forum Concert Series Arlington, VA 5/27/2017 Levitt Steel Stacks Bethlehem, PA 5/31/2017 The Blue Door Oklahoma City, OK 6/01/2017 Stickyz Little Rock, AR 6/02/2017 Levitt Pavilion Arlington Arlington, TX 6/03/2017 The Amp Room San Antonio, TX 6/05/2017 Humming House House Show Pittsburg, KS 6/06/2017 Humming House House Show Manhattan, KS 6/07/2017 The Riot Room Kansas City, MO 6/08/2017 The Duck Room @ Blueberry Hill Saint Louis, MO 6/09/2017 Garrison Commons Fort Smith, AR 6/10/2017 Levitt Shell Memphis, TN 6/14/2017 Seaside Amphitheater Santa Rosa Beach, FL 6/15/2017 Will’s Pub Orlando, FL 6/16/2017 Terra Fermata Stuart, FL 6/17/2017 Capital City Amphitheater Tallahassee, FL 6/18/2017 Humming House House Show Niceville, FL 9/1 - Thomas, WV - The Purple Fiddle 9/2 - Front Royal, VA - Appaloosa Festival 9/8 - Milwaukee, WI - MAC Rooftop Series 9/9 - Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre(Rye Room) 9/10 - Golden, CO(Denver) - Levitt Pavilion 9/16 - Nashville, TN - Americana Fest - City Winery @11pm 9/21 - Knoxville, TN - Open Chord 9/22 - Chattanooga, TN - Revelry Room 9/23 - McMinnville, TN - Isha Institute of Inner Sciences (Fest) 10/10 - Little Rock, AR - South on Main 10/11 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall 10/12 - San Antonio, TX - Sam’s Burger Joint 10/13 - Arlington, TX(Dallas) - Levitt Pavilion 10/14 - Oklahoma, City - The Blue Door 10/15 - Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room 10/17 - Davenport, IA - The Raccoon Motel 10/18 - Evanston, IL(Chicago) - SPACE 10/19 - St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill Duck Room 10/20 - Columbus, OH - Woodland Tavern 10/21 - Lexington, KY - Cosmic Charlie’s 10/31 - Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe 11/1 - Cambridge, MA(Boston) - The Middle East 11/2 - Lewiston, ME - Bates College 11/3 - Brownfield, ME - The Stone Mountain Arts Center (No support) 11/4 - Burlington, VT - Club Metronome 11/5 - Philadelphia, PA - MilkBoy 11/6 - NYC PRESS DAY 11/7 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge 11/8 - Vienna, VA(DC) - Jammin Java 11/9 - Charlotte, NC - The Visualite Theatre 11/10 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom (Support TBD) 11/16 - Athens, GA - The Foundry 11/17 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl 11/18 - Birmingham, AL - Wordplay Theatre
Turning on the radio, computer, or television can seem like a gamble, at best. Each new tuning offers a deluge of anxieties to greet us. In the face of this 21st century tumult, Humming House is on a quest. They do not want to wish away the pain and fear all too real in our lives, but to put those elements in conversation with the elements that sustain us: hope, partnership, even joy. And so, their newest album begins with Tam’s unmistakable voice intoning, “I want to be your companion.” It’s an appropriate beginning for a band who has built itself on complex musicianship and careful collaboration. They know the value of hard work and compromise. Their music is evidence of the thrill of creativity.
Humming House is Justin Wade Tam, Bobby Chase, Joshua Wolak, and Benjamin Jones. The band formed organically out of jam sessions that Tam held in his living room in East Nashville—evidence that some of the best projects come from spontaneous collaboration and the subsequent seeing it through. Now, three albums and six years later, Humming House continues to embody what is best about the Nashville each transplant chooses to call home.
What Humming House does so well is paint sonic landscapes that are at once compelling and honest, even in the most rollicking of songs. Revelries, Humming House’s second full-length album released in 2015, was largely influenced by the band’s history of touring. Its songs revealed the power and revelations that come from travel. Companion, to be released by Soundly on the 6th of October 2017, continues to pursue that which transforms. In part, it is still movement, movement that comes easily to the body as well as movement driven by the unease we daily brush up against. What’s most powerful about Humming House is their ability to be present with you, to take those moments in life that seem mundane and shift the lens so that they are rendered extraordinary. Theirs is a music of presence.
Humming House maintains that sense of intimacy that derives from making music with friends altogether in the same room. It is fun combined with substance. With Tam’s sincerity, Jones’ groove, and Chase and Wolak’s charm, their live shows extend the invitation to participate. As Dustin Ogdin observes in No Depression, “Humming House exudes restraint and a wily intelligence. They never pander to their crowd, but do respect them. They also seem to understand that the best music comes from an exchange between artist and audience rather than simply one giving and the other receiving.”
These essential traits of Humming House are evident in Companion. The story of the album mirrors the story of the band: it’s one of collaboration, experimentation, and showing up for each other over and again. There are songs of hope and of desperation so that the prevailing mood is one of exchange and balance. In the spirit of experimentation, the band threw out the constraining rule that they would only write with acoustic instruments. While those sounds still center the creative impulses of the songs, the added electric experimentation and expanded instrumentation imbue the new songs with a dynamism that is irresistible. Tam notes that the “extremes of the record in emotion are wider on this album. There’s more desperation, but there’s also fun and an upbeat aspect that’s more joyous.” The first half of the album is infused with Indie Rock, especially in songs such as “Can’t Stay Away,” “Takin’ Over,” and “Make it Through.” The influence of quirky 90s rock, a la Cake, is there too. “Takin’ Over” adheres to the Humming House desire to move you and is emblematic of those moments in our lives where the rhythm of the things that we love: music, friends, family commandeer our bodies until we’re compelled to move in joy.
“Sign Me Up” and “Companion” nod to Paul Simon, while “Silver Lining,” “Find What Waits,” and “London” gesture to Humming House’s long engagement with classical composition and songwriter driven melodies so strong in the realm of Americana. The album isn’t all hip swinging bravado; halfway through, “Silver Lining” will stop and compel you to attend to the broken things that shape us. “Make it Through” and “Hope in My Head” are prisms to transform difficult days into livable ones. “I Want It All” does justice to the nostalgia and influence of a favorite album, while “Sign Me Up” conveys the increasing distance between our digital, urban lives and the ecosystems that sustain us.
“Wishing Well” is a late album gem. It opens with the observation, “Be patient with the ones you love / because we’re not here for long enough / to judge,” and so the song is an invitation to come to terms with our collective humanity, a difficult enough feat in the current torrid climate of politics, environmental concerns, and general unease. Thankfully, Humming House is dedicated to honest songwriting, attending to the complex interactions that shape us, and is committed to being present with us in their albums and live shows. What choice do we have but to respond? Theirs is a music that places us.
The spotlight on Nashville, with its musical values and timeless traditions, is currently bright. And no band embodies what’s right about 21st century Nashville more completely than the quintet known as Humming House.
It’s the way they weave together threads of Music City’s folk, soul, and bluegrass legacies. It’s in the inspirational and revealing songwriting. It’s in their acoustic instrumentation, presenting mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar and bass in fresh roles. It’s in the pleasant tension between rousing energy and nuanced arrangements. And it’s in the voices, with two complimentary stylists up front and backed by the full band’s rapturous harmonies.
Revelries, due out March 24, 2015 on Nashville label Rock Ridge Music, is the third recording bearing the Humming House name, yet it’s something of a debut. Version one of the band came together in 2011 when songwriter Justin Wade Tam called on some friends from a local Celtic music jam to flesh out recordings of songs he’d written. The sessions, assisted by Tam’s star producer colleagues Mitch Dane and Vance Powell, mixed strains of bluegrass and Irish braided with vintage swing and open-throated early 60s hootenanny folk music. Humming House earned some quick attention for videos of its infectious songs “Cold Chicago” and “Gypsy Django.” They landed performance slots with tastemakers such as Lightning 100, Daytrotter and the Americana Music Association festival. They had chops, respect, and trajectory.
After that, two personnel additions galvanized the band. Leslie Rodriguez brought a lustrous female vocal to mesh with Tam’s hearty singing. And fiddler Bobby Chase brought classical training and down-home fire. That rounded out a band of highly skilled instrumentalists, including Josh Wolak on mandolin and Ben Jones on acoustic bass. Between the five of them, there’s scarcely a genre or period that somebody in the band hasn’t spent time learning or embracing, from Leslie’s early love of show tunes to Josh’s time playing bluegrass to Bobby’s occasional beat boxing. They’re the picture of East Nashville’s melting pot musical culture, and Revelries is the first album these musicians have written, arranged and recorded together.
As complete as they are in the studio and on record, Humming House is fundamentally and emphatically a live band. With scarcely a tube’s worth of amplification or electricity and a drum kit’s worth of percussion distributed among the band members, they emit force on stage and demand attention. They’ve rocked rooms of all sizes and played Forecastle Festival, Bristol’s Rhythm & Roots Festival, and the Cayamo Cruise with the elite of Americana. They opened the new Music City Roots hall in The Factory in 2014, sharing the bill with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.
Vocals are the emotional core and lure of Humming House. They are five voices deep, with a galvanizing male/female twin attack over the top. Tam and Rodriguez sing as soloists or a duet, depending on the song. Humming House works out careful hand-offs and big harmonies, including frequent passages that are just vocalizing, chanting beautiful music on top of their robust instrumental attack.
The title of Revelries comes from a lyric in the tenth track on the album, “Carry On,” a feisty and ambitious song in which delicate charango plays counterpoint to a muted guitar. The rhythm is jagged and intoxicating. By the time we get there we’ve heard the striding opener “Run With Me,” the quick-stepping waltz “Fly On” and Leslie’s showcase song, the smoldering and bluesy “Nuts, Bolts and Screws.” The album’s first single, “Great Divide,” is a fervent ode to travel, motion, and new frontiers—a recurring theme that’s also touched on in the fiddle and accordion-driven “Hitch Hike” and the rapturously romantic “Freight Train.” A classic jazz ribbon of smoke drifts through the magic “I’m A Bird.” And then, after “Carry On,” Revelries concludes on the drifting “Atlantic”—a throwback folk song that evokes old sea shanties.
If the new Nashville means anything, it’s about musicianship and authenticity. Quite often that results in sounds that are fascinating and appealing to critics and fellow musicians. Occasionally, artistry emerges that’s both profound and widely appealing. And when it does, as with Humming House, it’s cause for revelry.
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