Crazy Hoarse is from Athens, Georgia, a town with other bands such as R.E.M., The B-52s, and Widespread Panic. Like those bands, Crazy Hoarse features drums and guitar, played with concern as to the sounds that are made with those instruments. Unlike those bands, Crazy Hoarse has a name which is similar to The Santa Clause, a movie with a title that is funny because just by adding a vowel, the meaning of one of the words in the title is changed. However, Hoarse and Horse (you expect the spelling and meaning “Horse” when you hear “Crazy Hoarse”) sound the same pronounced out loud, while Clause and Claus sound a little different from each other, unless you’re trying to be silly. Without getting too personal, the aim of Crazy Hoarse is to relax, pleasure, inspire, and fill the listener not only with a “sense of joy,” but with actual, honest-to-goodness joy. This is achieved through melodies, rhythms, and harmonies, plus textures and dynamics, all of which comprise not only all music, but the music of Crazy Hoarse as well. Additionally, there’s a visual element, as Killick Hinds (guitar) and John Norris (drums) plus guests (various instruments) sway and rock to the music they make. So put aside what you’re doing, and give Crazy Hoarse a chance. And despite the slightly longish paragraph form of this biography, we didn’t even mention Neil Young’s band Crazy Horse (who we love) once! Thanks for listening.
Two different slices during an exciting week of music making. Track one is solo electric guitar outside the record store Low Yo Yo Stuff in Athens GA, on a cool night with the buzzing activity of Neutral Milk Hotel at the 40 Watt about to happen. Track two is a house concert of piano and harp guitar on the occasion of Brad Bassler’s 50th birthday…a wonderful way to celebrate.
My instrumental building genius friend Neil Feather has a big feature in this new edition of Nate Wooley’s Sound American online magazine. I get a little mention as well as an “instrument discoverer”…dig!