"Folksy Bluegrass from the wilds of New Mexico, with a barbed lyrical punch"
From the moment USA band, Hoth Brothers, released their outstanding Workin’ and Dreamin’ album over here, it seemed like everyone was talking about the band. Reviewers – unanimous with their praise and enthusiasm – first sparked the wave of excitement.
Writing at Folk Radio UK, respected critic Paul Kerr, said: “It’s not that often that an album from an unknown quantity totally blindsides you, forcing you to listen, once, twice, thrice and more, all the better to wallow in its excellence”. At AmericanaUK, Jeremy Searle said the band played “excellent Gospel-infused roots of Americana” while Songlines magazine called them “appealingly gritty”.
During the pandemic, with a European tour cancelled, the band got together on their home turf to record a follow-up album that delivered again, to keep fans happy. Once again, it registered on the top scale, with RNR magazine awarding it 5-star status and Songlines saying it was “an authentic, contemporary expression of the American West”.
Hoth Brothers deliver a feel and sound comes naturally to them so they don’t have to work at it – spontaneous with a strong heartbeat and depth of character. The no-holds-barred song-writing of Bard Edrington and Boris McCutcheon delivers with all the earthy substance of two men who are no strangers to getting dirt under their fingernails and the instinctive brilliance of Sarah Ferrell on upright bass and vocals, brings it to a level otherwise unreached by just the duo. Together, they have whooped up powerfully-charged material that lifts the spirits like tumbleweeds in a dust devil, creating a whirlwind of timeless roots music and salt-cured New Mexicana.