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Show Preview: The Hooten Hallers

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Where: Rose Music Hall

When: Saturday, Nov. 12. Doors at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m.

Ticket cost: $8

Openers: Matt Woods + Paul Weber & The Scrappers

There’s music for when you cry. There’s music for when you’re cruising around in your car. Heck, there’s even music for when you’re doing homework. But in my opinion, the best kind of music just makes you want to let loose.

Foot stomping, head bobbing, maybe some air drumming or guitaring are all things you’ll want to do when you hear The Hooten Hallers — an instrument slanging music machine who gives a whole new meaning to rock ‘n roll.

Homegrown here in Columbia, the band mixes a variety of sounds from blues to soul to rock ‘n roll, with a lot of emphasis on the rock ‘n roll. They never offer less than the highest of energy, and their organic sound is gritty, rebellious and powerful as hell. To say they get you in touch with your American roots is an understatement.

Aside from the ridiculous instrumentals, a huge part of what makes The Hooten Hallers so raw is the crisp sound of lead guitarist, John Randall’s, and drummer, Andy Rehm’s, voices. Their raspy vocals are absolutely unreal, especially when they’ve got some authentic harmonies happening.

The hardest part and the ultimate goal of a performer’s job is crowd participation. The Hooten Hallers, however, don’t struggle with that. They are so zealous about the art they create and relay that through every beat played and every note sung. So, if you’re looking for a night out full of high-energy, no sitting, and insane tunage, look no further.

This post was written by Alyssa Michaels, contributing writer for The Blue Note and Rose Blog. 

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