© 2013 Crossings at Carnegie
May 28, 2013
$14 in advance
/$16 day of show
Having just released their latest album, “Howl,” The Howlin’ Brothers will make a stop to play the Crossings stage on Tues., May 28, at 7:30 p.m.
The Howlin’ Brothers are a Nashville-based band that likes to keep one foot in tradition — and use the other to kick it right out the door. They effortlessly dispel all kinds of preconceived notions — starting with the myth that Nashville means just country.
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.
Perhaps because they veer frequently into old-time, country-blues and even Dixieland jazz territory, vocalist/upright bassist/banjo player 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.”
And no, The Howlin’ Brothers are not siblings — nor even relatives. None of them was raised in the foothills of the Smokies or the Blue Ridge Mountains. They met at college, and after graduation, they hung around Ithaca, New York, scraping by with house-painting jobs, then decided they might as well try their luck in Nashville. That was in 2005.
They’ve been making music full time for three years now, and previously self-released four albums. “Howl” was released on Brendan Benson’s Readymade Records label (through Thirty Tigers) on March 5.