Les Gruff and The Billy Goat
4243 Manchester Rd
St. Louis, MO, 63110
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
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 – Sputnik Sound
Les Gruff and The Billy Goat
Les Gruff and the Billy Goat is an Americana and folk project fronted by St. Louis-based singer-songwriter Billy Croghan. The band's sound is informed by folk singer-songwriters, rock and roll, and blues, building an all American sound that is less whimsical than it is raw.
With a stage presence that borders on melodramatic without being disingenuous, the group strives to push the borders of live performance. They have shared the stage with many talented groups in and around the St. Louis region with performances from North Central Illinois to Western Missouri.
The group released its debut record, "A Cup of Coffee, an Apple, and a Suicide" in March of 2013 to a crowd of over 150 at Plush in Midtown St. Louis.
The group will be touring regionally in the Spring of 2014, and is in pre production on a new record and hopes to have it released Summer 2014.