Levitt AMP Music Series: The Hooten Hallers | Buck the Taxidermist
Aug 31, 2018 - Friday / Share

Renegade roots band The Hooten Hallers serve up high-energy hillbilly rock ‘n’ roll laced with bluesy melodies and punk sensibilities that make for a guaranteed good time.

The Levitt AMP Berea Music Series is a family-friendly community block party! Featuring national, regional, and local live music and performance art, handmade arts and crafts vendors, Kentucky Proud local foods, performance art, children’s activities, and a family fun atmosphere.

Presented by the Berea Arts Council, First Friday Berea, Berea Tourism & Berea College Entrepreneurship for the Public Good, including sponsorships from MACED and Mountain Tech Media.

For more information and to learn how to get involved, go to firstfridayberea.com.

Location: Artisan Village
Address: Artist Circle
Times: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The Hooten Hallers

Based in Columbia, Mo., the trio’s songwriting draws influence from the diverse cast of characters who roam the foothills of the Ozark Mountains with an eye for the strange and unexplained, injecting the narratives of their community into genre-bending jams that tread the space between pre-war blues, raucous cowpunk, and dark Americana. Founded in 2007, The Hooten Hallers’ signature sound is made up of John Randall’s gritty vocals and blues-inspired, manic guitar, Andy Rehm’s searing falsetto vocals and driving drum beat and the deep rumble of Kellie Everett’s baritone and bass saxophones. Known for their near-perpetual touring and explosive live shows, The Hooten Hallers take concertgoers on a seamless ride from unapologetically rowdy blues on the lap steel and bass saxophone, to sweet three-part harmony country ballads, to romping dance numbers for a dynamic performance that will leave you wanting more.

Over the last decade, The Hooten Hallers have electrified audiences across North America with performances at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in Manitoba, Canada, Muddy Roots Music Festival in Cookeville, Tenn., 80/35 Music Festival in Des Moines, Iowa, MoonRunners Music Festival in Chicago and The Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia, Mo., and across Europe with shows in Belgium, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden and France. Their growing reputation has led them on tour with prominent acts including Pokey LaFarge, The Dead South, Legendary Shack Shakers, Reverend Horton Heat and Possessed by Paul James. Their latest record, The Hooten Hallers released 2017, has been met with critical acclaim, prompting Noisy (Vice) to write “this album rules” and earning coverage from national outlets including No Depression, AXS, Vox Magazine, Impose Magazine and Connect Savannah. The album peaked at #24 on The Roots Music report’s “Top 50 Americana County Albums.”


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As far back as 2015, Kyle Ayres had been writing songs that never had a place. Either they were unfinished or didn’t fit the bands he played with. Fast forward to early 2017, he found a place for those in his home recorded demo/album ‘The Beginning’ and gave a name to this musical quest.

The solo-minded project has developed and has now drafted long time bandmates Blake Hester (lead guitar) and Jacob Warren (drums) as well as good friend Jacob Gahn (bass). While Kyle still leads the charge on the songwriting and composition, the band has molded his concentrated ideas and morphed it to fit every player’s style. A straightforward nod to classic rock and lyrics written from stream of consciousness. Reverbed and fuzzy solos on top of grooving bass and drum work. The band hopes to exude a return to rock and roll. A self titled EP with singles released in the spring of 2018.


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