Damn the Hard Times, the debut album from The Damphools, is solid proof that real American country music is as resilient today as it was when Hank Williams was chasing the white line in his powder blue Cadillac. And still as rural as the first time Bill Monroe stepped off the porch to play the world a song. Recorded in a day on a reel to reel (circa 1965), Damn the Hard Times is The Damphools middle finger to the “hard times” that American music and America in general has been facing for decades. Damn the Hard Times is raw and vintage with songs like “Memories in My Drink” soon to be getting play on college radio and internet stations across the country. The music is free and rustic. Foot stomping tunes like “Gonna Write a Song” bring you feverishly to your feet. While songs like “Long Road to San Antone” pay homage to the outlaw heroes of the 70’s. Damn the Hard Times is a record that stands on its own as a true American country music album.
The Damphools were founded by banjo player and renaissance man Troy “Chuy” Hartman and Tony “Burger” Phau (Guitar, Vox). While playing the back alleys and barns of rural Idaho, the pair found Rico Hood (Guitar, Vox) from Texas sneaking a toke behind the local tavern. Also, joining the band was Sir Kenton Mueller and his upright bass, Pamela. Taco “Rick” Wakefield (Harmonica) and James Fisher (Drums) were next to round out the lineup. The music is classic, loose and country with elements of rockabilly, rock-n-roll and cosmic Americana.
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