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The Fox Hunt – Nowhere Bound (April 2007)

Somewhere on the highway between Drag the River and Lucero, there is an exit with a dive bar. The Fox Hunt, out of Martinsburg, West Virginia, is that bar’s house band. If I was required to cull the essential listening list down today and produce a list of the top 5 cd’s of the first half of 2007, “Nowhere Bound” would be on that list without a doubt.

Can you tell I like these guys? I’m not trying to say they produced a perfect cd. Nobody does. A few of the songs need maturity, and time will pull their dive bar further and further away from the DTR/Lucero exit, but for a debut these guys have most definitely released something to be proud of. Besides, drinking music ain’t about perfection. Leave that crap to the club kids. This is front porch brown bottle music.

The Fox Hunt is John R. Miller (Vocals, guitar, bass), Matt Kline (Vocals, guitar, bass), Matt Metz (Mandolin, harmonies) and Ben Townsend (Fiddle, banjo, harmonies). Their debut cd “Nowhere Bound” is available on Skull City Records. If you have been sitting around wondering what was gonna fill the hole left by the Drag the River implosion, then I advise you to take a look at these guys. They don’t focus on drinking with the macro lens like DTR did, but they are a fine damn band nonetheless.

The Fox Hunt - Lord     

The Fox Hunt - Change My Ways     

The Fox Hunt - Crack Shot     

The Fox Hunt’s Official Site, The Fox Hunt on myspace, Buy Nowhere Bound

5 Comments

  1. June 6, 2007    

    awesome find

  2. Gary I Gary I
    June 6, 2007    

    I\’ve lived with this record for a while now and along with the Two Cow Garage it is the best I\’ve heard this year. Having two songwriters writing separately often disappoints but is not the case here – they are well matched. The Lucero/DTR crowd will fall in love with them without a doubt but I think they\’ll also be able to take it to an older audience.

    The DTR hole you mention looks like it\’ll be filled by plenty of Armchair Martian activity later in the year.

    If you haven\’t done so already you should check out the Lenny and the Piss Poor Boys record which came out end of last year and I suspect is up your street – one of the best records to come out in many a year.

    Good blog by the way.

  3. June 7, 2007    

    If you haven’t done so already you should check out the Lenny and the Piss Poor Boys record which came out end of last year and I suspect is up your street Рone of the best records to come out in many a year.

    Will do!

    Thanks for the suggestion.

  4. WayneVogt WayneVogt
    June 7, 2007    

    I find something new to love with every listen…great review!

  5. Hampshire County Girl Hampshire County Girl
    July 25, 2008    

    These guys are awesome! I just discovered them on a friend’s cd. I didn’t even know they were from WV! Makes it even better. What an interesting sort of sofisticated bluegrass sound! I love it!

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