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It’s fitting that a song about Django Reinhardt, the father of gypsy-jazz, kicks off the self-titled debut by Humming House. The bandmembers certainly embrace the gypsy spirit, having come from varied corners of the country with all types of instruments and styles to find each other in Nashville. Out January 17, 2012, and produced by Grammy winning Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay) and Vance Powell (Raconteurs and Buddy Guy) the record reflects other eras – utilizing everything from parlor guitar to clanging electric guitar, viola to B3 organ, and even a singing saw.
The joyous, swing-infectious romp “Gypsy Django” was also the genesis of the band and the album. When co-producer Mitch Dane first heard them play, he cemented their decision to record together by putting them in the studio with his own resources to record that first track. The result was so unmistakably meant to be that plans for the album were undertaken immediately. Humming House’s mingling of swing, rockabilly, and Irish music, along with clanging electric guitars and surprising lush layers and harmonies, set them apart from growing legions of roots-influenced artists. They have drawn early support from STETSON’s Center Stage, local Nashville radio, and NPR’s All Things Considered.
Songwriter and lead vocalist Justin Wade Tam began collaborating with his bandmates at casual Irish jams he hosted at his Nashville home, and on “Stop Me Still” the band’s varying studies are on display. Mike Butera, who plays the rockabilly influenced electric guitar line, is not only a classically trained violinist but also a Professor of Sociology at Belmont with a PHD in Sound Studies. Meanwhile, mandolinist Joshua Wolak was a straight-up bluegrasser who also happened to study trombone and piano. Kristen Rogers, a young, but old school R&B and soul singer, brought in bassist and classical composition guru Ben Jones.
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