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"Until She Comes Around Review"

Very rarely does a disc comes across my desk that—dare I say it—deserves the title "album of the year". Well today I am shouting at the top of my lungs—Until She Comes Around is it!

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Hulabilly performs a perfect blend of Hawaiian, Western Swing and Hot Club Jazz that will touch your musical soul and bring an ear-to-ear smile to your face. Singer Rob Silk plays the ukulele and the fluke, P. Thomas Landry contributes Hawaiian guitar and backing vocals, and Doug Largent delivers the down-low on upright bass.

The brilliance of Hulabilly comes out in the simplicity of their arrangements, the honesty in their vocals, and the underlying fun that they convey to their listener as they reintroduce to you the once-hip sounds of "hula music" that were once popular in the 1920s and '30s. Whether it's a swingin' dance number such as "Little Lady" or the soft harmonies of "Quiet Waters", you can feel the emotions of the perfect lyrics of the Landry/Silk writing team.

Recorded entirely in Landry's apartment, Until She Comes Around features 11 brilliantly captured tracks, 8 of which are Hulabilly originals. "I Can See Forever (When You're Near)" opens the CD with a playful intertwining of bass, ukulele and Landry's sliding Hawaiian guitar, all providing a sweet melody that is guaranteed to put a spring in your step.

"I'll Keep My Old Guitar"—one of the three covers, the other two being "If I Had A Picture Of You" and a beautiful rendition of "Somebody Loves Me"—provides a nice bouncy melody and features guest trombonist J. Walter Hawkes, who adds just the right amount of accent to this classic. Hawkes returns to fill out "The Shoestring Lament", a sad slow song of lost love.

The record's break-out track is "The Gods Must Be Crazy", penned by Silk, a beautifully structured balance of Silk's lead vocals, Landry's echoing harmonies, and Largent's deftly-accented beats. The love-affair lyrics will surely warm your heart while the melody is so catchy that your feet are already moving. If only for this song, you must get yourself a copy of this disc.

If you can remember the contagious joy of the now-defunct Squirrel Nut Zippers or the Hot Club of Cowtown, then Hulabilly will reawaken those feelings. Once you start playing Until She Comes Around, you can't stop…and why would you want to? - PortHalcyon.com


"Ukulele Love"

"...The warm, swinging, jazzy, vocally melodic pieces
they concoct or cover have nothing to do with novelty…
It's the happiest music ever made..." - Fairfield County Weekly


Discography

Self-released Until She Comes Around LP. Samples are available for streaming at www.hulabilly.com.

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A few years ago, Tom picked up a National steel Hawaiian guitar, the acoustic kind that was popular in the 20s and 30s, and taught himself to play by listening to old 78s. Rob, his musical companion for years, had one listen, dropped his drums and picked up a ukulele. They began writing originals that borrowed from all the swinging old styles -- not just Hawaiian -- and ended up a true band when Doug walked through the door with his bass, dragging a lifetime of jazz behind him. Nowadays, they perform originals and standards with rhythmic drive and inventive arrangements wherever people least expect it, which is pretty much everywhere.