Varsity Theater Presents
Ha Ha Tonka
629 Cedar Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN, 55454
Doors 8:00PM / Show 9:00PM
This event is 18 and over
It is a special time for Langhorne Slim as he is so proud to announce and present Be Set Free, his mighty third album being released by Kemado Records. One of the most endearing and standout qualities of Slim's live shows is the sureness that one is always entering a genuine gospel-like musical experience full of little miracles. Be Set Free has captured this charisma and spirit -the "hold your heart" moments and "raise a drink" dance vibes shine throughout with lush string arrangements and the fine sonic talents of drummer Malachi DeLorenzo, new bassist Jeff Ratner and new keyboard/banjo player David Moore. Langhorne's stronger than ever vocals lead the journey blending his poetry through the beautiful chaos and bearing a wisdom that reflects a broken heart battling the perils of true hope.
Be Set Free is Langhorne's most cinematic and cohesive effort to date. Slim has truly reached a point of light where these songs come from wide-eyed maturity and mastered craft.
Gut wrenching lyrics and gorgeous merry melodies-it would be easy to categorize it as folk, but this time-it's much more complex than just that slice of pie. Sweet hallelujah choruses bleed throughout tracks like "Land Of Dreams" and "Say Yes" and turn to the darkness of blues filled "I Love You, But Goodbye".
Be Set Free was produced by Chris Funk (member of Decemberists) who also played various instruments on the record in Portland, OR. The album also features several guest musicians including Sam Kassirer (from Josh Ritter's band), Erika Wennerstrom (from Heartless Bastards) and Laura Veirs. The album was mixed by Tucker Martine who has recently worked with greats like Sufjan Stevens and R.E.M.
Needless to say 'tis been a non stop journey of excitement for Langhorne Slim. Since March 2008, the band have headlined over 150 shows and played major festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bumbershoot, Austin City Limits Festival, Newport Folk Fest, Sunset Junction, Pickathon, Rhythm and Roots, and SXSW. The band garnered heavy acclaim for their performance of "Restless" on the David Letterman show and were WXPN's artist of the month. This spring, the band will be touring the US and Europe including a US tour with the Drive-By Truckers in April.
Ha Ha Tonka
Roaring out of the Ozarks with a bottle in one hand and a bible in the other, Ha Ha Tonka mix sanctified four-part
harmonies and blistering rock, carving out songs that evoke the dichotomies that define their home. Their dark view
of the realities of socio-economic hardship, backwoods prejudices and drug abuse is leavened by wry humor and a
deep appreciation for regional storytelling traditions. Coming straight out of Springfield, MO., Ha Ha Tonka
specialize in disarming and effortless anthems that owe as much to high and lonesome Ozarks mountain music as
chugging college rock.
Ha Ha Tonka? What the hell could that name possibly mean? It's a nod to the boys' Ozark pride. It's the name of a
state park in southwestern Missouri, full of natural bridges, sandstone cliffs, caves and a castle. That's right, a
castle. Some crackpot rich guy built himself a Scottish style castle around 1900. It burned down, but the ruins are
still an attraction. Thus, Ha Ha Tonka want you all to know there is more to their home stomping grounds than
Branson, walnut bowl outlet stores and Jesse James' hideout.
The band released its Bloodshot debut, Buckle in the Bible Belt, to much acclaim in 2007, gaining praise from
glossies like PASTE and Spin, and taste-making radio stations like KEXP. At years end, Popmatters Magazine
named Buckle in the Bible Belt one of the best albums of 2007 (In fact, Buckle was ranked #15 for the year, pulling
ahead of those lauded indie rockers, Spoon. Ha Ha Tonka was also a featured performer at the 2008 Lollapalooza
and Sundance Film festivals, and toured the US with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, The Meat Puppets
and Old 97's.
In June of 2009, Ha Ha Tonka release the much-anticipated follow-up record, Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South.
The new album quickly garnered amazing press and radio attention. The band released three singles, "Walking on
the Devil's Backbone" and "Hold Your Feet to The Fire" and "Close Every Valve to Your Bleeding Heart". The new
album is available on iTunes, Amazon and your favorite local indie CD retailer. The band tours the US constantly
and will be heading out on a headline tour for most of spring 2010 as well as attending the SXSW Music Festival,
several dates with Cross Canadian Ragweed and stops at multiple colleges along the way. Tour dates will be
posted on all of the bands websites.
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