Friday 15th March
Hungrytown is the musical and married duo of Ken Anderson and Rebecca Hall, who have been making music full time since swapping their New York-based UN jobs for the hills of New England in 2004.
Since then, the couple has been touring extensively, and has released two CDs, the self-titled Hungrytown (2008) and Any Forgotten Thing (2011).
Rebecca learned to sing in church when she was five years old, and had developed into a skilled interpreter of jazz and blues standards by the time she was in her 20s. Her discovery of roots music coincided with the reissue of the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music in 1997, and inspired her to write her own material. She soon developed a reputation for creating simple, melodic and achingly beautiful songs, weaving modern themes into traditional song structures.
Ken is an accomplished multi-instrumentalist as well as a talented producer and arranger. He learned to play drums and organ as a child, and has since moved on to bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo and harmonica. He also has a remarkable gift for musical harmony, and is responsible for Hungrytown’s luxuriant vocal stylings. Having produced all of their recorded works, his artistry has been singled out for praise: ‘Anderson has a knack for crafting rich arrangements that don’t clutter things up,’ writes Casey Rea of Seven Days magazine.
When not touring with Rebecca, Ken is often upstairs in their home studio, working with other songwriters and instrumentalists.
Hungrytown are a throwback, but in a good way. They play what used to be called American folk music, folk music without the frills, folk with predominantly Irish and Scottish influences, but which nowadays would be filed under ‘Americana’.
David Burke - R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel)
Hall’s original compositions hark back to the earliest traditions of acoustic Americana, tracing a sepia-tinged line from the Carter Family to the contemporary lo-fi classicism of Gillian Welch.
Musically, Hungrytown is a rare breed. In this age of fusion, Hall and Anderson prefer to reverse-engineer modern folk: plucking out the rock and R&B and writing brand-new ballads that sound straight out of the ’30s.
Standing face to face, so close that their guitars almost touch, they sing into the same mic, evoking scenes from the glory days of the Grand Ole Opry. Without a single grain of saccharine pop to help the Americana go down, Hungrytown may seem too authentic for some.
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You can find more information on Hungrytown (and music samples) here.
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