3131 Walnut St.
Denver, CO, 80205
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“Their debut album is a mischievous, foot stomping collection of songs that evoke Old Crow Medicine Show, early Ryan Adams and BR549 without ever imitating them. Lead by singer/songwriter Justin Wade Tam the band throws everything, including a singing saw, into their music to excellent effect. Humming House’s debut is a ruckus, jubilant good time. From any band, this would be a good album, but from a new band it is darned close to perfect.” - Roughstock
“Humming House reminds us how to have a good time with…. Classic sounds and a timeless look…. a crossroads between folk, blues, gospel and bluegrass make this band one our favorite new sounds.” - STETSON
“A new Nashville band with a throwback sound” – Blake Farmer – All Things Considered – NPR
“Humming House, (is a) mix of folk, blues, and bluegrass with pop sensibilities.” – Will Griffin – WPLN – Nashville Public Radio
“Humming House is nothing short of Irish porch stomp.” – Mitch Dane – Sputnik Sound
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.
Tam wrote the fast paced “Cold Chicago” as an ode to his 100-year old Chicago-born parlor guitar. “Although it may sound like a song about lovers in 5 cities, the song details the locations where the guitar has spent most of it’s life: Seattle, San Diego, Nashville, and St. Louis,” shares Tam. “While it’s enjoyed its travels, the Parlor desperately wants to get back to its home in Cold Chicago.”
The album slows down sweetly with “When The Dawn Becomes The Day,” starting off simply with ukulele and viola alongside Tam and Rogers’ harmony, before drums and more complex strings take over. “It’s really about the search for meaning and faith in something metaphysical. I picture a group of friends having a grand outdoor adventure. They experience each moment vividly, bask in their shared existence, and set their sights on the intangible,” says Tam.
The closing song, “Young Enough To Try,” is apt philosophy for a new band. “It’s about taking risks and having the courage to believe that they will work out despite the fears. Pursuing the arts, especially in a tough economy, is not a logical or wise descision. This song is about wrestling with the pressure to follow our dreams of playing music instead of settling with security.”
Humming House is represented by RPM Management, Paradigm Booking, and PigFactory Licensing.
The Juniper Trees is the new musical project of Jenna Herbst and former members of Sarina Simoom, a Denver based band. The Juniper Trees birthed from the decision to be re-inspired and re-invigorated by music and also to heal from the trauma of having a band name that no one, nor their mother, could pronounce or spell correctly. And dammit, spelling is important.
The Juniper Trees combine the twangy soul of rock with the modern folk sensibility. With banjo, classical and steel string guitar, harmonizing vocals, an occasional fiddle thrown in, upright bass, and eclectic drum styles, The Juniper Trees are a mix of rich melody, and non-traditional song structure and meter.
Jenna's solo recordings are a soulful rendition of the songs; sparse, rhythmic and melodic, she is sometimes soaring, and sometimes driving. Check out her solo recordings on the Music page.
Jenna's solo album, entitled "From My Living Room," being recorded, guess where? You got it: In her living room, is due out in September.
The Juniper Trees are currently working on their first album as a band, and are still offering for sale all three albums by Sarina Simoom.
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