Humming House

Humming House

At once danceable and reflective, familiar and nostalgic, Humming House is a musical experiment gone right. Woven together from diverse backgrounds (Americana, classical composition, bluegrass, soul, and traditional Irish music), their playground of musical exploration has something for every generation. Unmistakable pop sensibilities mixed with a depth of lyrical narrative give their whimsical songs an irresistible quality that can only be described by the imagery of the name – Humming House.

Fresh from recording their debut album with Grammy-winning producers Vance Powell (The White Stripes, Chris Thile, Buddy Guy) and Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay), Humming House has hit the ground running. A whirlwind of press has followed as the band had been featured on NPR’s Live in Studio C and All Things Considered, Nashville’s Lightning 100 local spotlight, American Songwriter Magazine, STETSON’s Center Stage campaign and Daytrotter. The band's second single, "Cold Chicago" video was sponsored by Stetson and is currently in rotation on CMT Pure and Zuus Country. Humming House has had placements on FX's "Justified" and MTV's "World of Jenks". With over 100 tour dates behind them, they are currently touring nationwide with notable plays at Bristol Rhythm and Roots and the Americana Music Festival. They have shared the festival stage with the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dr Dog, Justin Townes Earl, The Steep Canyon Rangers, and Jason Isbell. This coming winter Humming House will be performing on the Cayamo Cruise with John Prine, Brandi Carlile, and John Hiatt.

“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 –

Frances Luke Accord

Frances Luke Accord is a folk-pop duo based out of Chicago, Illinois. Consisting of friends Brian Powers and Nicholas Gunty, the duo's compositions arch on two-fold harmonies, rhythmic phrasing, and pensive, poetic lyrics. Their debut album, Kandote, was recorded with the Barefoot Truth Children's Choir in Kkindu Village Uganda, an effort that served not only to bridge a cultural divide and add a more worldly sound to the duo's folk influence, but also as a means to support the choir's education.

Liz Chidester

Liz Chidester, originally from the mountains of Virginia, moved to Chicago on the coldest day of the year in the winter of 2013. Since then, she has become involved with the Chicago songwriter crowd: Chicago Acoustic Underground and the Chicago Songwriter Alliance, and has performed at various bars and restaurants in the city, including both the Uncommon Grounds on Clark and Damen, Elbo Room, Tonic Room, Abbey Pub, Bird's Nest, Parlour on Clark, The Greenhouse Theatre in the Beast Women Cabaret Spring Series, and The Den Theatre in her Chicago theatre debut as Glinda in the New American Folk Theatre's "Marvelous Land of Oz." Liz performs standards with jazz guitarist Jarvis Raymond at Nite Cap Cafe, and is a singer/guitarist in the roots music group The Cherry Trio. She also plays guitar for the premier iO improv team Virgin Daquari.

Before moving to Chicago, Liz was entertaining audiences on the high seas on Carnival Cruise Lines and Holland America Line as a variety band singer and host.

Liz is happy to annouce that she recently signed a recording contract with Chicago Acoustic Underground's record company CAU Dog Records for a full album to be realeased in the Fall of 2013.

Liz Chidester is a graduate of the School of Music at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

$8.00 - $10.00


add to your calendar

Who’s Going


Upcoming Events
Tonic Room


Humming House with Frances Luke Accord, Liz Chidester

Wednesday, September 11 · 8:00 PM at Tonic Room