Americana

Howlin' Brothers: Americana String Band Heads to Nashville and Learns How to Dance

On Nashville-via-New York string trio the Howlin' Brothers' debut record, Howl, the band doesn't "re-create" a specific moment in Americana music so much as run wild and wooly through great big landscapes of it. Recorded by Brendan Benson (the Raconteurs, The Maine) for his Readymade Records imprint, Ben Plasse (upright bass, banjo, vocals), Ian Craft (fiddle, banjo, vocals), and Jared Green (guitar, harmonica, vocals) create something truly exciting with Howl, something that takes in and synthesizes elements of bluegrass, country, blues, gospel, and New Orleans jazz, presenting it like a widescreen show, a survey of Americana.

We spoke with Green about moving to Nashville, recording with Benson, and teaming up with Warren Hayes of the Allman Brothers/Gov't Mule on the song "Big Time."

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.