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Hello Friend by The Hollow Trees

‘Hello Friend’ by The Hollow Trees…

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Join me out in the country with The Hollow Trees! This is such a great knee-slappin’, banjo strummin’, and boot kickin’ CD for kids and families! My daughter keeps asking me to play What Do You Want On Your Taco? I had to listen to the CD once by myself to enjoy the rest of it! We love My Dog Has Fleas, I Can’t Dance, and the cool percussive sounds of Backward Bill. 

We say Hello Friend right back at ya’ and would love to party with The Hollow Trees some time! This energetic CD comes out today, July 1st, and can be purchased at iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, The Green Bean in L.A.’s Eagle Rock neighborhood, Grow Kid Grow in L.A.’s Silver Lake neighborhood, and at all Hollow Trees shows.

Thank you, as always, to Waldmania PR for our complimentary CD in exchange for this review.

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From Waldmania PR:

LOS ANGELES — Acclaimed for their high-energy, acoustic Americana music played with passion, skill, and humor, the Los Angeles-based band The Hollow Trees is set to launch their fourth album of upbeat, top-tapping folk music for families,Hello Friend!, on July 1.

Blending an Americana cornucopia of musical styles that includes folk, bluegrass, jug band, Western swing, country, blues, and jazz, The Hollow Trees offer a great mix of old-time chestnuts, obscure gems, and fun, new original songs. The band, noted for tossing off clever wordplay combined with excellent musicianship, has been compared to Asleep at the Wheel, the Jim Kweskin jug band, and even The Hoosier Hotshots.

“What Do You Want on Your Taco?” is not only a spirited opening number with clever rhyming lyrics and a delightful sing-along chorus, but the band also manages to imbue a list of taco ingredients with the empowering idea that in creating a life for oneself, “the choice is up to you.”

An album high spot is the jazz novelty song “I Can’t Dance (I’ve Got Ants in My Pants),” with a repeat-after-me, sing-along style that can be previewed HERE. Also noteworthy is “My Dog Has Fleas,” whose lyrics and music fit The Hollow Trees like a glove and will bring a smile to those caught up in the current ukulele craze. Preview “My Dog Has Fleas” HERE.

The Hollow Trees are: Gregory Hollow Tree (a.k.a. Greg McIlvaine, guitar, vocals, kazoo), Traci Hollow Tree (a.k.a.Traci Green, vocals, jug), David Green (drums), Adam Levy (bass, vocals), Mike Flanagan (mandolin, bouzouki, vocals),Katie Cavera (plectrum banjo, ukulele, vocals), Phil Parlapiano (accordion, vocals), Leah Ashton, Tia Simone, Nina Kasuya (vocals), and Matt Witler (mandolin, guitar).

Previous albums by The Hollow Trees include Wacky’s Tackle (2010), Welcome to Nelsonville (2008), and The Hollow Trees (2005).

Hello Friend! will be available at iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, The Green Bean in L.A.’s Eagle Rock neighborhood, Grow Kid Grow in L.A.’s Silver Lake neighborhood, and at all Hollow Trees shows.

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