One man. Scraggly hair. An old guitar that barely stays in tune. Goggles on his head. Another man behind a drum set made of brake drums, 5 gallon buckets, cracked cymbals and a washboard hanging from his neck. See them separately and you’re forming your “I can’t give you any money” excuse. See them together and you’re looking for the hat to drop your hard earned money into as your ass tries to shakes itself free of you.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Portland, Oregon’s own Hillstomp.
Hillstomp is Deep Blues Boogie Woogie Band. They remind me of a more lighthearted version of Shake Hands With Shorty-era North Mississippi Allstars, back before the Dickinson boys started taking themselves too seriously. The blues is a genre that’s as much about celebration and release as it is about wallow and despair, and Hillstomp makes you wanna dance.
While Darker The Night doesn’t have quite the same jukejoint at 3:00 am feel as their previous releases, it’s definitely a must hear for fans of the Deep Blues Sound.