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Moods: Featuring Guitar Blues: Blues-Rock Rock: Rock & Roll

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United States - Wisconsin

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Hounds Tooth

Hounds Tooth’s CD, Soul Rockin (Tweed Tone Records), is a guitar-driven, modern blues album that focuses on original music with a few high-energy covers added to the mix. Soul Rockin, scheduled for release on May 19, 2010, has been receiving some great early reviews:

"Hounds Tooth is no longer under the radar. Their new CD, Soul Rockin, will push this band into the fast lane of the blues world, keep your eye on these guys!" - Scott Gregory, Entertainment Director, River City Blues Society

The songs on the CD move from laid-back greasy shuffles to funky rhythms to guitar-driven blues-rock. Guitarist/vocalist JD Optekar showcases his song-writing talents with tunes that pay tribute to the blues, Blues is Truth and Black Coffee; commentate on our current digital media-age, Is it Real; and visit the tried and true themes of passion, heartache, and love. Jared James Nichols, who appeared in the Earwig Documentary, Six Generations of Blues, lends his fretboard skills to the CD and his vocals on 3 tracks. Bob Noll (bass) and Jeff Oscarson (drums) anchor the rhythm section.

"Hounds Tooth seems to have found their stride with Soul Rockin. They move seamlessly between Blues and Rock, which should hit home with the children of Classic Rock. I know it did with me." - Ron Hoerter, Great Northern Blues Society

Hounds Tooth will tour throughout the Midwest this summer in support of their new CD playing festivals and top blues rooms including: Famous Dave’s Bluesfest; Bowlful of Blues Festival; Nothing But the Blues Festival; Prairie Dog Blues Festival; Madison Terrace Blues Festival; Waukesha County Fair; Racine County Fair; BBs Jazz, Blues, and Soups; River City Blues Society; The Club Tavern; The Busted Lift; Bourre’ Lounge, Blueport Junction; The Voodoo Lounge; and the Harmony Bar & Grill.

• 2010, 2009 WAMI Nominee for Best Blues Band
• 2010 International Blues Challenge Youth Showcase – Jared James Nichols
• 2009, 2008 Best Blues Band Runner-Up – Shepherd Express’ Best of Milwaukee
• 2009 Grafton Blues Assoc. Nominee – Best Self-Produced CD for International Blues Challenge
• 2008 WAMI Winner – Best Group/Artist Website
• 2006 Best Blues Band – Shepherd Express’ Best of Milwaukee 2006

"I've known this band since their early collaborations, and some bands, you just know, have a good, long run ahead of them. Soul-rockin', yes. Soul-stirrin', yes. Soul-satisfyin', only if you like your blues electrified, deep-fried, and BBQ'd. Stand up and enjoy the show!" – Sharon Pomaville, Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine

"Hounds Tooth's 2010 Soul Rockin is seriously full of tone and complex energy. It rocks to a blues feel without getting tired. Nice job from some great guys." - Randy Hoffman, Blues Blowtorch Society

"Masterful guitar tones and a tight band make for a great listen" - Dr. Z