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by The Hunger Mountain Boys

Early Country, Swing, Old Time, Bluegrass... Now a trio, Three showcases the ever-evolving originality and creativity of The Hunger Mountian Boys. Hard-hitting swing with all the grit, soul and spirit of the early American country musicians.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hiccup Remedy Blues
3:13 album only
2. I've Got The Blues Mary
2:54 album only
3. Departure Day
2:29 album only
4. Take Me Back To Your Sweet Little Nest
3:40 album only
5. Hacksaw
1:55 album only
6. Frankie & Johnny
2:42 album only
7. No Phone No Tone
4:28 album only
8. Mt. St. Helens
3:40 album only
9. The Blues Is Back Again
2:42 album only
10. Steel Guitar Rag
1:48 album only
11. Scatterbrain Mama
2:36 album only
12. Grapevine Twist
2:59 album only
13. Show Me The Way To Go Home
2:42 album only


Album Notes
The Hunger Mountain Boys have been performing on the club and festival circuit since early 2003. Founders, Kip Beacco and Teddy Weber have since toured coast to coast, shared the stage with dozens of legendary performers, performed on National Public Radio and Public Radio International, released two full-length albums and one vinyl single, and won over audiences from rock clubs to folk festivals and coffee houses to large theatres. Their songwriting won them first place in the 2003 Mountain Stage NewSong Festival songwriting contest, and some of their original material is featured on King of Bluegrass, the 2003 Jimmy Martin documentary.

After adding a third member (Matt Downing of Jim & Jennie and the Pinetops) in April of 2006, The Hunger Mountain Boys have released their third album, titled simply “Three”, and are now on tour in support of the CD.

"The group's sound is very resolutely old-school, but it's also resolutely eclectic. "Hiccup Remedy Blues" sounds like 1930's hot jazz, while "I've Got The Blues Mary" is more countryish with brother-duo harmonies and some startlingly virtuosic bottleneck slide guitar, and "Departure Day" sounds like an early Monroe Brothers tune with lickety-split guitar/mandolin interplay and tight sweet vocal harmonies. And that's just the first three songs on the album! Very highly recommended."
-Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Dec 2006

“These boys from The Berkshires are a little too melodic to be old-time and a little too rough hewn to be bluegrass.... The album careens from blisteringly fast to cheerfully rambling…. Their compositions are indistinguishable in quality and tone from the older tunes covered.”
-Dirty Linen Magazine Feb/March 2007

"Although brother-act tributes are common these days, The Hunger Mountain Boys are in front of the pack...."
-Bluegrass Music Profiles
Sept-Oct 2006 Issue

About THREE: "A listener would be hard pressed to tell the originals from the covers. Highly Recommended."
-Country Standard Time- Sept 2006

NOT Including festivals, The Hunger Mountain Boys have shared the stage with legendary performers such as Taj Mahal, Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien, Iris Dement, Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys and many others.

When Kip Beacco (mandolin, fiddle, guitar & vocals) and Teddy Tetlow Weber (guitar, steel guitar and vocals) set out to create The Hunger Mountain Boys, it was with the intent to capture a certain spirit in their music. Though obsessed with all American music that’s old, particularly early country music from the 1920’s, 30’s and 40’s, these boys are products of the rock era. Electric guitars, big drum sets and screaming vocals all somehow led to…. Jimmie Rodgers with an acoustic guitar? For the Hunger Mountain Boys, yes. And this reverse path through American music’s evolution has set a foundation for these two relatively young lads—a base on which to build their own music.

Upon their introduction at a bluegrass jam in 2002, Weber and Beacco hit it off instantly. Recognizing each other’s obsession with the spirit of early American music, the two began trading music and playing together regularly. Long nights of listening to old vinyl recordings and picking songs began on Hunger Mountain, the Berkshire hill where Beacco hangs his hat in Massachusetts. The Hunger Mountain Boys was born.

TEDDY T. WEBER guitar, steel guitar, vocals
Weber, growing up in rural northwestern New Jersey, was exposed to all kinds of music, virtually everything except for early country and bluegrass music. Playing cornet in raucas urban ska bands, college jazz and classical ensembles and later acoustic guitar in folk circles from Maine to Colorado, Weber pulls from his own musical background. Influenced by an eclectic mix from blues to bluegrass and folk to jazz, Weber is also a classically trained trumpeter, and subsequently no stranger to performing in suit and tie.

In 1996 Weber stopped playing cornet and moved to Maine to study forestry. Within months he had traded in his horn for an acoustic guitar and found himself on stage again, this time picking the six-string, singing and writing songs. By 2001, shortly before his initial introduction to Beacco, he added lap style steel guitar (Dobro) to his repertoire. His steel guitar and Dobro playing can be heard on 2005 releases by Todd Mack and Devendra Banhart.

KIP BEACCO mandolin, guitar, fiddle, vocals
Beacco grew up in the small town of Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Though there were no old fiddlers sawing the strings up in the hills, there was an older neighborhood kid playing rock guitar, and a middle-aged, eclectic and very accomplished drummer/pianist, both of whom sparked an interest in the young, impressionable Beacco. Within a couple years, Beacco was in his first neighborhood garage band, playing guitar and drums, learning the latest pop/rock hits. A few bands later he was experimenting with many styles of music, including rock, fusion, jazz, blues, and folk. After attending a bluegrass festival in 1989, Beacco found the musical format he had been searching for, and the instrument that took hold was the mandolin.

Moving to Eugene, Oregon, and then to Fort Collins, Colorado in the mid 90’s, Beacco honed his mandolin chops forming The GrassRoute with singer/guitarist Bradford Lee Folk (Open Road). After roughly seven years, he returned home to his native Berkshire County, and started up another traditional, 5-piece bluegrass band, The Beartown Ramblers, further developing his bluegrass chops on mandolin as well as singing lead and baritone. Along the way Beacco has added the fiddle to his repetoire, rounding out the trio of instruments he now plays in The Hunger Mountain Boys. (Beacco photo by Mark L. Baer)

MATT DOWNING string bass
Downing’s musical roots were established in Iowa where his parents took him to jazz clubs and music festivals from the time he could walk. His family eventually moved to western Massachusetts—the place he now calls home—into a farmhouse just down the road from Arlo Guthrie’s church. After graduation, travels took him to live and work for a time on the island of St. John, then northern California, and a stint living on his sailboat in the Florida Keys before he found himself back in the Berkshires listening to a local bluegrass band called the Beartown Mountain Ramblers. The band needed a bass player, Downing said, “I can do that,” and he rented a bass, practiced up, and joined in. Along the way he picked up mandolin, banjo, ukulele, guitar, plus a little songwriting, and now performs in clubs and recording studios with a variety of groups. For the last several years, he has juggled his day job as a carpenter with national and international tours playing bass with Jim and Jennie and the Pinetops, and a 1927 National tricone tenor guitar with the Berkshire swing band The Blue Ribbon Boys. He is especially happy to join his longtime friends Kip and Ted in growing The Hunger Mountain Boys into a trio.



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Purchased through CD Baby. LOVE THESE GUYS!!!!!
THREE is a great sampling of the many songs these guys can make come alive again. Some old, some new, written from HMB's themselves. I love it, play it all the time!! If you like bluegrass, you must add this and their other albums to your collection. If you get the chance to see them live, take it! You won't regret it!


Foot tapping jamming!
saw you guys in Fred'burg,VA and got 1 of your CD's.Been waiting for this 1 to come out since you mentioned it at your show. IT'S GREAT!I ordered 2 and gave 1 to my music teacher as a gift.I had let him borrow the other one I bought and he loved it so I figured he'd like this one as well - which he did. Had it blasting in my car and the guy next to me at the stop light liked it as well - he told me so!


HMB in the Netherlands verry good !!!!!
We saw The Hunger Mountain Boys play at the bluegrassfestival in Voorthuizen the Netherlands.
We liked their style of music very much,that's why we ordered al the cd's of the Boys!!!!!We're very happy with
the cd's and don't regret buying them!!!!