The Howlin' Brothers

The Howlin' Brothers

The Howling Brothers are an American band through and through. From down right dirty blues, to hard driving fiddle romps, the brothers keep audiences on their heels with their diverse sets and energetic picking and singing.

"...Howling Brothers songs, while lyrically simple, pack the sonic whallop of blistering angst and attitude. Contrasted by songs full of melodic heart tugs, and still more songs that are just plain ole killer!" (Kim Buie, Thirty Tigers in Nashville, TN)

Sanctified Grumblers

Sanctified Grumblers write and play acoustic music in the vein of the old blues, jug band, and old timey traditions with a sprinkling of New Orleans rhythms. The trio was formed by Chicago musicians Rick Cookin' Sherry, founder of Devil in a Woodpile (Bloodshot Records) and uber-picker Eric Noden. Their music succeeds in the challenge of combining the sounds of music's pre-electric past with the narration of modern universal themes; tales of love, communication break-downs,
and good time grooves.

Between Noden and Sherry, Sanctified Grumblers' sound is formed from a mesh of finger picking resonator guitar, washboard, harmonica, 6-string banjo, and clarinet. The trio's third musical leg is alternated between the dog-house bass of Texas ex-patriot Beau Sample and the sousaphone of Mike Hogg.

The band's first release "no lie" was released in the spring of 2011. It contains seventeen acoustic cuts, sixteen of which were penned by the band. These sessions were greatly enhanced by the skills of friends Jim Becker (Califone, Iron & Wine) on fiddle, mandolin, and saw, Mike Reed (People, Places, Things) on drums, and Tom V. Ray (Neko Case, Bottle Rockets, Jakob Dylan, Devil in a Woodpile) on banjo and ukelele.

The band also performs behind delta blues legend Honeyboy Edwards and Chicago harmonica great Billy Boy Arnold.

Donnie Biggins

Donnie Biggins is a singer/songwriter from Chicago. When with a band, he performs with The Shams Band. When by himself, he performs as Donnie Biggins. He enjoys writing songs about his life and he hopes you enjoy what he has to share.



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The Howlin' Brothers with Sanctified Grumblers, Donnie Biggins

Friday, May 24 · 8:00 PM at Tonic Room