Review of The Howlin’ Brothers – Trouble (Readymade Records)

The Howlin BrothersIf you got a hankerin’ for old time country and roots music, Nashville’s The Howlin’ Brothers have got your fix. The trio wears the influence of The Band, Hank Williams and more on their sleeves but also manages to cultivate something original in the process of honouring a long-standing musical tradition. Opening with the feverish call and answer of “Pour It Down”, The Howlin’ Brothers rarely relent through the record’s 13 songs. Thoughtful, contemplative ballads such as “World Spinning Round” fit perfectly alongside more lively tracks like “Night & Day,” “Pack Up Joe” and the traditional-sounding bluegrass gem “Hard Times.”