Ooooooh! In the next month, Ha Ha Tonka is playing some small venue shows with cheap ticket prices around the midwest; this is your chance to get up close and personal with Missouri’s finest young band. Here’s them covering Black Betty (an older song than I thought) at a show that looks like just too much fun. What more could you want?
Valentine’s Day, they team up with Split Lip (awesome, of course; also, this band Ludo sounds like they’ll be likeable live). Bonus, Bloodshot Records is featuring them at South by Southwest. Check the recently announced SXSW list here.
February 14 – Columbia, MO – Blue Note w/Split Lip Rayfield
February 27 – Kansas City, MO – The Record Bar w/Ludo
February 28 – Chicago, IL – Metro w/Ludo
March 7 – Decorah, IA – Luther College
March 10 – Waverly, IA – Wartburg College
March 15 – Austin, TX – Red Eyed Fly as part of SXSW
Ha Ha Tonka‘s Buckle in the Bible Belt (buy it!) was one of my favorite albums of 2007. They call their music foot-stompin’ indie rock, but I think it’s also deserving of the “dash-slappin’ good” descriptor. High praise, indeed. Turn up the volume for this live cut of them at The Blue Note in Columbia playing St. Nick on the Fourth in a Fervor, perhaps one of my top ten songs of 2007. Yeah. That good.
Download three live cuts and two studio cuts at My Old Kentucky Blog. Also, you can download five songs recorded live by these personable musician at the HearYa studio. Thanks to those blogs for creating live material with quality sound.