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Loud in Here

by The Nouveaux Honkies

Mother lovin', country folkin', blues!
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. Will and Faith
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2. The Glades
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3. Wichita Lineman
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4. Today Won't Be Easy
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5. Big Heart, Hard Head
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6. You're the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly
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7. Our Last Time
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8. Heart Can't Live Here
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9. Playing Cards with Myself
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10. Loud in Here
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Album Notes
In mid-2014, Rebecca Dawkins and Tim O’Donnell, of The Nouveaux Honkies, hoisted anchor and set sail in their rebuilt RV.  The journey started in South Florida and took them as far west as the Rockies, as far north as the Great Lakes, as far east as Cape Cod, and returned south for the winter. It’s been somewhere around 150 thousand miles, 600 shows, and at least one million smiles that have influenced The Nouveaux Honkies and their latest recording, Loud in Here, which will be released March 2, 2018.
Their 2009 release, "Where Do I Go" saw rave reviews reaching #3 on the Roots Music Charts. It was said if Freddie King and John Cash had a baby, it would be called the Nouveaux Honkies. Dusty Scott of Modern Guitars said, 'this record is a discovery of the year with fluid guitar work, reverent vocals and haunting violin.' From way down south, its roots and roll that rocks!
"Blues For Country" released in 2015, was recorded in Dripping Springs Texas. No Depression called it, 'A bubbling Americana gumbo of blues, country, and Texas swing. All the songs sound like something you've heard before -- in the sense that they are classics, not that they are cliched.' "The Nouveaux Honkies represent so much of whats good about Americana music today." ( Shawn Underwood) "Blues For Country is a paean to wandering minstrelsy that feels right at home." (Pat Moran, Acoustic Guitar Magazine)
"Loud In Here" is their third full-length release and their second album recorded at The Zone in the Hill Country of Dripping Springs, Texas. It’s a culmination of the bonds they have made across the country with the community and the land. This album features special guests: Bill Kirchen, Ephraim Owens, Nate Rowe, Chris Gage, Lloyd Maines, Pat Manske and Tim Buppert.
The record spans a full emotional gauntlet, and Rebecca Dawkins’ fiddling has expanded into a fantastic singing presence. From humor and quirky duets like Will and Faith, Big Heart, Hard Head and their version of The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly they tell the story that their love for each other is true and sincere. The innovative ballads like “The Glades,” “Loud In Here” and “Heart Can’t Live Here” are tough and tender moments of reflection. From the cover of the timeless classic, “Wichita Lineman,” to pumping rockers like “Today Won’t Be Easy” and “Playing Cards With Myself,” this new record is a musical rollercoaster.  

“…dig into deeper moods convincingly…” - Root Music Report
“We were Matt "Guitar” Murphy's band for a few years and played many blues festivals in the U.S. and most notably, The Blue Note in NYC,” Rebecca remembers. They also opened for Charlie Daniels, John Anderson, Band of Heathens, Devon Allman, Styx, Edwin McCain, Asleep at the Wheel – “name the genre we’ve played the stage!” Tim hollers.
Tim has always been a Kirchen fan, and a dream came to true to open up for the legendary player in New York, “Bill was a gem.  Not only the badass picker I heard on records but also a genuinely beautiful human. He told us to look him up when we got to Austin.”

So, without a flinch, while the duo was working on the record in Austin, they saw him at El Mercado and asked if he wanted to do some picking on a track. As musicians know word travels fast about fellow players so as soon as the Kirchen window opened the doors swung wide - Ephraim Owens a great horn player, Nate Rowe and Redd Volkaert (Tim is his biggest fan).  Through festivals, shows and word of mouth, The Nouveaux Honkies were a musical magnet.

“…put on a blistering show with a fresh approach but authentic sound that is truly their own.” - Jambase
Ray Kennedy at Zen Masters mastered the album giving it that noticeable sheen of his, and Tanya Shaw Jeffrey from Ginseng Creative in Colorado at the drawing board for the artwork depicts the vagabond couple as they are.

2018 sees the duo with a permanent residence in Knoxville, TN a place that O’Donnell says was love at first sight, “We based out of Tennessee the last two summers and fell in love with the Smokies. Knoxville will be a wonderful hub for traveling, and we also love this little city.”

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High Marks for The Nouveaux Honkies' latest, "Loud In Here"
This is a superbly executed recording from beginning to end. The songwriting is first-rate, (with a couple of cool covers, including an extraordinary take on Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman"). The guitar playing is sublime throughout. Few musicians own their personal style on an instrument the way Rebecca Dawkins does on her violin. Her musicality shines brightly here, and her vocal performances are spot-on in every tune that she sings. Stellar performances from session players Bill Kirchen, Nate Rowe, Pat Manske, Ephraim Owens, Chris Gage, Lloyd Maines and Tim Buppert. The ambient recording and production practically puts you in the room with the musicians, and enables you to not only hear the music, but also to feel it. Tim O'Donnell's singing and story telling is at his best, complemented by the additional efforts of songwriter Rich Lyons on two songs. With its dynamic shift through arrangements, genres, and tempos, this album is a really fun ride all the way, and it will leave you hearing the music in your head long after the CD stops playing.