The Prescriptions, The Howlin' Brothers

Harmonica Dunn Presents:

The Prescriptions

The Howlin' Brothers

Thu, June 21, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

Tonic Room

Chicago, IL

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

The Prescriptions
The Prescriptions
For Birmingham native Hays Ragsdale, songwriting became second nature early on, however it was a creative outlet that he mostly kept to himself. His outlook changed, however, after moving to Nashville in the fall of 2014, when family friend and Nashville music veteran Chas Williams convinced him that his songs had an audience. So Hays decided to seek out a group of experienced musicians and naturally turned to fellow Nashville transplants formerly involved in Birmingham's tight-knit music community. Luckily, he found some familiar faces: Longtime friend and bassist Parker McAnnally was recruited first, who soon suggested accomplished guitarist Jack Thomason and his college classmate, Houston-raised drummer John Wood. All drawn to the musical environment in Nashville for similar reasons, the four-piece quickly discovered a common vision and formed The Prescriptions.

While The Prescriptions may come by their Southern style of narrative storytelling honestly, they refuse to rest on the laurels of their musical heritage. Songs like “She Is Waiting” prove that they’re just as comfortable launching into a heavy, alt-country breakdown as they are a world-weary lyrical stream of consciousness. The Prescriptions channel a broad range of influences, from the aching, unaffected honesty of ‘70s folk titans like Neil Young, to the guitar-driven melodies of The Strokes’ early recordings and the experimental energy of Wilco.

The band is set to start recording their first full length album at the legendary Sound Emporium Studios this spring. It’s clear that The Prescriptions are somewhat of a rarity in the modern musical landscape: a group of close friends that are more concerned with pushing each other’s creative boundaries rather than pushing a sound you’ve heard before. - Hilli Levin
The Howlin' Brothers
The Howlin' Brothers
some KIND WORDS from a music critic (re: HOWL):

"Of course, the quickest comparison one will make to the Howlin’ Brothers is Old Crow Medicine Show. They are the only other contemporary act to really ‘make it’ while putting out music in tribute to this dusty period of Americana. While that is a pretty easy bridge to build, the most interesting aspects of HOWL come from the ways in which this group deviates from the calculation. This is Old Crow Medicine Show for people that like a little more sweat on the microphone; the Delta Holler Funk, if you will. More than that however, the boys are willing to do a lot more playing around with influences on this record than one will typically hear in a ‘throwback’ record. You can hear elements of Jeff Tweedy (“Gone”), Dan Auerbach (“People Been Talkin’”), and even Dr. John with some dixieland brass (“Delta Queen”). Even when at their silliest, the brothers have something of interest driving the song (a Louis Armstrong scat vocal???).

As if any more proof were necessary, Howl‘s strongest moment comes at the point when the band deviates the furthest from what you would expect to hear. On “Tell Me That You Love Me”, the old country pickin’ is about the only old country aspect of the song. Combined with a modern pop song structure and off-the-wall haunting cowboy
vocal harmony in the background (that also happens to fit perfectly), this track is nothing short of fantastic. In other words, the music on Howl is about as forward thinking as any backwoods country record you will hear. The Howlin’ Brothers are using the Americana vehicle to drive something new without making it feel forced. They don’t sacrifice what makes roots music great, but they also avoid coming off like a cheap Wild West costume party. The result is one of the very few records so far this year that have me humming along after only a few listens. These songs will get stuck in your head, feet and ass quickly. For once, I’m actually thankful for it. This is one of those albums that has continually grown in my ear with each successive listen, signifying a work that is certainly more important than your standard revisionist heritage act."
- Chris Bell/Buzz And Howl (12.18) - The Best Americana Releases of 2013 (HOWL #2)
Venue Information:
Tonic Room
2447 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL, 60614
http://tonicroom.com/