Hoots & Hellmouth on the Salt Stage Thursday June 28, 2012 at 8:00PM.
A savory stew of roots, rock and soul, served with love. And hot sauce. Lots of hot sauce.
"Blending soul, folk, country, gospel, and rock with the sounds of classic Americana…(Hoots & Hellmouth) lived up to the promise of its revival-like live shows.”
— NPR Radio Broadcast
"The Hoots’ blend of alt-country, rock, and gospel was amplified only by their own considerable joy...the disparate trio proved that showmanship is more about attitude and energy.”
— The Boston Globe
Hoots & Hellmouth are a busy bunch. Road warriors to the bitter end, they’ve somehow found time to enter the studio twice in the last year to produce two records showcasing their forward-thinking roots/soul music. Their latest offering, the full-length Salt (street date 10/4/11), was recorded in their hometown of Philadelphia at Miner Street Studios with friend/engineer Jon Low (Dr. Dog, Sharon Van Etten, Twin Sister). The result speaks volumes to the evolution of a band committed to pushing their boundaries and exploring new sonic horizons.
Salt builds on the fresh ground broken on their previously released EP, Face First In The Dirt, continuing down a path of explosive creativity. "Why Would You Not Want To Go There?" kicks things off with a building intensity reflective of their passionate live performances, but tempered with well-placed flourishes of piano and electric guitar. H&H’s trademark soul vibe is thick on "Lay Low," incorporating the stomp groove and call-and-response vocals familiar to established fans of the band. By the time the listener reaches the middle of the record, the dynamic and deep "Apple Like A Wrecking Ball" and "The Ache" drive home the point that these guys are not content to rest on their laurels. To round it all out, album closer "Being Borned Again" continues their tradition of massive group sing-alongs so vibrant the listener already feels the chills of the anticipated live rendition.
Lyrically, Sean Hoots has always endeavored to keep a keen eye on the craft of songwriting, and Salt showcases the artist on top of his game. These new songs reveal a greater depth of vulnerability and personalization unheard on revious H&H offerings. This is the sound of a writer digging deep, planting seeds and harvesting a bumper crop of thought-provoking, soul-scraping tunes.
With all the envelope-pushing found on Salt, one thing that won’t change any time soon is the band’s love of the road. Touring the old-fashioned way (relentlessly!), the band performs in all manner of venues on their own and with friends like Dr. Dog, O’Death, Heartless Bastards, Langhorne Slim, Grace Potter, etc. From rock clubs to folk festivals, they tour consistently and persistently, including triumphant stops at Wakarusa, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, SXSW, thousands of dive bars and more than a few farms in between.
Help Stock Local Food Pantry's:
For every bag of non-perishable goods you bring to the show Salt will give you one ticket that is good towards one free PBR (or soft drink) - yep, beer for you, food for those less fortunate. You must be 21 or older to get the PBR but anyone can bring a bag of food for the pantry.
Thursday June 28, 2012 @ 8:00 pm.
Tickets are limited.
The Salt kitchen will be open until 8:00 pm on the night of the shows,
no food will be available after 8:00 pm...
Reservations are taken for those wishing to have dinner before the show, any available seats will be given on a first come first served basis after that. Reservations are recommended.
Once ticket is purchased through the web-site, down load your receipt, this is your ticket.
On the night of the show bring the same credit card used to purchase tix for admittance.
Tickets are 20.00
Salt has a $10.00 per person minimum on reservations, others get seated at 8pm on a first come first served basis. All parties in a reservations must have a ticket at the time the reservation is made.