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Hillfolk Noir

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Fronted by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Travis Ward, Hillfolk Noir’s peculiar take on traditional acoustic mountain music played on traditional instruments for non-traditional times, is filtered through a half-century of folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll and fed by an affinity for medicine show culture and Depression-era string-band blues. The band calls it Junkerdash, which has multiple definitions up to and including “psychedelic swamp-shack rags.” However, if you’re looking for something neat and tidy to place in print or casual conversation, feel free to use current music-journalism parlance and call it “indie folk.” Recommended pairings: Drinking and dancing.

Hillfolk Noir’s touring line up consists of:
Travis Ward: Guitar, suitcase and singing
Alison Ward: Musical saw, washboard, banjo and singing
Mike Waite: Double bass

Hillfolk Noir has performed with Built to Spill, Neko Case, Justin Townes Earle, James McMurtry, Deer Tick, Gourds, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, The Devil Makes Three, Charlie Parr, Dark Dark Dark, Pert Near Sandstone, Horse Feathers, Finn Riggins, Gerald Collier, Caleb Klauder, Train, Glen Phillips, Mike Coykendall, Jesse Dayton, Loudon Wainright III, Rosalie Sorrels, Trampled By Turtles, Elephant Revival, Eilen Jewel, and tons of other great acts that you may or may not have heard of.

Links:

hillfolknoir.com
facebook.com/hillfolknoir
myspace.com/hillfolknoir

Press:

“If John Steinbeck owned a speakeasy, Hillfolk Noir would be the house band.” ~ John Doe (X, The Knitters)

“Brilliant, edgy punked-up acoustic hillbilly blues.” ~ American Roots UK

“Hillfolk Noir have fine-tuned their dark, Depression-era jangly blues to become one of the most incredible bands in [Boise]. They are as honest as they come.” ~ Seattle Weekly

“I love this.” ~ Ricky Ross, BBC Radio Scotland

“Too authentic to be considered alt anything. Ward is an evocative, charismatic singer-songwriter who embraces diverse shards of Americana. Time-warped kaleidoscopes —sparse, historically reverent and pretty terrific.” ~ Michael Deeds, Idaho Statesman

“You guys sound like Johnny Cash on Robitussin.” ~ Ryan Wissinger, ex-Pengilly’s Saloon bartender and musician.

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