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Twang Tuesday: Hitting the Road with Hot Day at the Zoo

Hot Day at the Zoo – Hitting the Road   ****

The other day as I was searching for the latest release from Larry Keel, I saw a band with an interesting named in the list of Related Artists on the Larry Keel overview page. The name of the band was Hot Day at the Zoo. A band with a name like that deserves to be checked out!! When I arrived at the band’s page I saw that their latest album Hitting the Road was released in 2015 and their 2010 release was titled  Zoograss (seems like another plus to me!). In addition two bands whose music I really like Cornmeal and Hot Buttered Rum are listed as Related Artists!! Yeah I think I’m going to like these guys!!

One listen to the first track on Hitting the Road “Cooler Dude” confirmed my suspicions – I really like these guys!! So let’s find out about this band who calls New Hampshire their home and have performed alongside artists like Levon Helm, Yonder Mountain String Band, David Grisman, moe., Railroad Earth, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Cowboy Junkies, Trampled By Turtles and the Ryan Montbleau Band,

About Hot Day at the Zoo from their biography at Sonicbids….

Hot Day at the Zoo is Jon Cumming (banjo, dobro, vocals), Michael Dion (guitar, harmonica, vocals,) Jed Rosen (upright bass, vocals), and JT Lawrence (mandolin, vocals). Dion and Cumming are the band’s two main songwriters. Both, with distinctive personalities, offer enough stories to fill a catalogue of songs that are whole-hearted and full of sincerity. Add in Rosen, who’s technical prowess allows him to hold down the beat and push the music along, and Lawrence, who’s youthful energy and stellar musicianship fuel his strength in fulfilling each song’s missing piece, and the result is a band who humbly creates something bigger than any of themselves.More at Sonic bids

So far I have given this album a quick listen but I like everything about this band. The picking is great, the songs are interesting and the vocals are as good!! I’m going to stop writing now so I can listen to the closing track of Hitting the Road :”Fire Down the Road”

So why don’t ya’ll listen and watch Hot Day at the Zoo perform Boom Boom  Boom…..(I always love a band with a dobro!)

Links for the Further Exploration of Hot Day at the Zoo

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