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White Hat

9/8/11 | Altsounds.com | www.altsounds.com | Record Review
The countdown to White Hat's September 13 release has begun and American Songwriter has an exclusive stream of the record a week before street date. Head over to their website to listen and read an interview with the band. Filter Magazine also chatted with Stefanie and Chris and is running an exclusive MP3 premiere of "Goodbye Crazy City." Hailing from LA, Big Harp is the husband-and-wife duo of Chris Senseney and Stefanie Drootin-Senseney. Big Harp's debut album will be released September 13 on Saddle Creek and was recorded by Rilo Kiley bassist Pierre de Reeder at LA's Nightingale Studios. The album's 11 tracks are raw and un-fussed over, with the spirited energy and honest emotion of live performance. Drawing from the classic country and folk of Senseney s childhood and anchored by Drootin s rock-solid rhythms and indie-punk roots, White Hat contains echoes of artists from Townes Van Zandt to Nick Cave, Willie Nelson to Captain Beefheart. While currently based in Los Angeles, the pair has long connections to Omaha. Drootin, a member of The Good Life, has toured and recorded with acts such as Bright Eyes, She & Him and Azure Ray. It was actually on a tour with The Good Life that she was swept off her feet by the handsome guitarist in the opening band, Art in Manila. Drootin is also the founder of Omaha Girls Rock! a rock n roll camp for girls that held its inaugural session earlier this summer. Big Harp will be touring this fall with Maria Taylor in support of White Hat. All shows are listed below. 09.07 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown (CD Release Show) * 09.14 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Central 10.12 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Chelsea's # 10.13 - Denton, TX @ Dan's Silverleaf # 10.14 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk # 10.17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent # 10.18 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah # 10.20 - Los Angeles, CA@ the Echo# 10.22 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop # 10.25 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern # 10.27- Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge # 10.28 - Denver, CO @ Hi Dive # 10.30 - Omaha, NE @ Slowdown # * with David Dondero # Maria Taylor, Dead Fingers
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