The Woo Town Hillbillies are a ramshackle musical collective residing in and around Worcester (or Woo Town, if you’re a local), uniting a combination of bluegrass, country and acoustic blues in a bid to become the counties (and beyond) ultimate roots party band and on the evidence of their debut album, Hay Fever they can’t be too far off.
The band use a combination of guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, double bass, harmonica, various percussion instruments and Kazoo to create an infectious, tongue in cheek, rustic riot, that’ll have even the most hardened cynic smiling like a cheshire cat whilst, trying in vein, to stop their foot tapping along.
Hay Fever opens with On The Road Again, a glorious collision of country blues and rock n roll, complete with twanging strings, rolling double bass, kazoo, washboard and a delightfully weathered yet infectious lead vocal that hooks you in from the off.
As the album continues the band showcase a varied array of influences, Dartmoor Girl could be the illegitimate son of Hayseed Dixie and The Beach Boys uniting frolicking banjo with sun-kissed harmonies, Do You, Do I? sounds like it could have been lifted from Blue Hawaii or from the Doc Pomus (Teenager In Love Fame) songbook as a lovely laid-back 50’s pastiche, Oval Room showcases the band’s instrumental skills with a brilliant slice of deep country blues noir, whilst both 4 A.M Girl and (the album’s lone cover) Salty Dog are both lusty, swaggering anthems perfect for a bar full of jubilant half cut punters in search for a good old sing-song.
Hay Fever is a fun fueled album full of bawdy country, good time roots, heartfelt sing-a-longs and more hooks than the Spanish Armada. Glug a beaker of moonshine, kick off them shoes and join the hillbillies, its party time in Woo Town.
Rhythm & Booze Rating 9
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