Hooks & The Huckleberries
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Hooks & The Huckleberries

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2020

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Established on Jan, 2020
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"Adam Hooks & The Huckleberries - So Far Gone"

Well, we haven’t had one of THESE in a while! I’m stoked to have a little more free time to write up what’s new and notable in my (Americana) world, and Adam Hooks & The Huckleberries’ debut album is certainly notable. I played “Brown County Blues” on last week’s podcast, and it’s giving me faith in the Sad Bastard corner of Americana. Hooks and his bandmates are punk veterans, but once they found themselves grounded by COVID they came together in their Albuquerque stomping grounds and made an Americana album. If you like this blog, you will love this album. There’s every evidence the pair has been studying some of the music that’s fueled me for the last 10 years: with an intensity and yowl reminiscent of Lee Bains III, the belting of Matt Woods, the soaring punk of Quiet Hollers, and the storytelling of BJ Barham, So Far Gone is appointment listening. (Also, if you listen close you will definitely hear some hints of Arliss Nancy and Two Cow Garage.)

The album’s opener, “Brown County Blues,” which you can hear on the podcast, is a searing ballad of teenage rebellion and living with its aftermath. It’s the perfect opener: one that showcases the band’s sense of adventure and purpose.

I would think that living in the shadow of Mt. Sandia does give one an Old Testament frame of mind. The band digs into an almost metal-like thunder with “Thy Will Be Done,” which as far as I can tell is about putting the outlaw in outlaw country. If you’re into heavy rock, this is the song you want to start with. Hooks and his Huckleberries use this one to flex their punk bonafides.

But the band has a lot of fun, too. Songs like “Bad News” and “Minor Villain” — an excellent turning the tables on a heartbreak song — show us their playful sides. The lyrics are funny and smart, and showcase the band’s storytelling strengths.

So Far Gone concludes with one of my favorite Americana subgenres: those songs that remind you to go at your own pace. As one of the last people in my friend group to get married, “All My Friends” gives me comfort even though I am decidedly settling down.

In short, this album is like the last 10 years of Americana never happened and, frankly, that’s a compliment! Jump in headfirst here on So Far Gone. - Adobe & Teardrops


"If You're Still Up I'm Down"

Adam Hooks and the Huckleberries – “If you’re still up I’m down”
-I appreciate the sincerity of this track from start to finish. Everything about the song feels like tried and true Americana music. The instrumentation, the vocal, and even the lyrical theme are really great. They feel like good old fashioned common folk. Heck, even the electric guitar solos feel like they are perfect fills for that alt country style that has become so synonymous with Americana. This is precisely the kind of music we mean when we tell folks we like Americana music. A dash of country, a bit of gospel, and the gospel’s secular cousin rock n’ roll — and we don’t mind at all. It just works. - Ear To The Ground


"So Far Gone Album Review"

Review: So Far Gone by Adam Hooks & The Huckleberries
By August Edwards

What's exhilarating about Albuquerque music, and part of what makes it worth a damn to be invested in, are the powerhouses that continue to make it flourish. There are musicians here that are worthy of sycophancy (in an ideal world where sycophancy wouldn’t get in the way of musical integrity). Adam Hooks is without a doubt someone I’ll follow ‘til I can't any longer.

Hooks is a lot of punk, a lot of Grateful Dead, and in case there was any question, a lot of country. He’s someone who lives for the music that has built him, and he has been dedicating his life to creating similar experiences for whoever will listen by giving his all to whatever outlet he’s got. His latest project, Adam Hooks & The Huckleberries, is solid, secure country, and it contains some of his most authentic sounds.



We’ve seen some tremendous acts come forth as a result of COVID-19; Adam Hooks & The Huckleberries is one such band. In a sweet swirl of country, rock, and soul, the band began recording So Far Gone in November 2020 after a summer of writing and communicating remotely. The quartet's music is timeless and is impelled by a duty towards smart lyricism.

The band is comprised of Hooks on vocals and acoustic guitar, Joshua Lee on electric guitar, Ry Warner on bass and a banjo feature, and Dustin Hoag on drums. The album was also made possible by a slew of other incredible musicians: Scott Gaeta on keyboard; Emily Anslover on fiddle; Dave Devlin on dobro and mandolin; Red Light Camera’s vocalist Amanda Machon; Sarah Rowe singing in “Samantha (Bad News);” and Eddie Brewer on backup vocals on “Pay No Mind” and “Minor Villain.” The passion and good-natured collaboration of So Far Gone is so easily heard upon first listen.

The album begins with “Brown County Blues,” which presents itself as gossamer but is as gritty and ironclad as they come. It contains some lyrical content that could have spawned from Hooks’s own experience growing up in South Dakota. The song provides a soft incline towards the title track, “So Far Gone.” Here we have a classic, slice-of-life portrait that only a country rock song could carry.

“If You’re Still Up (I’m Down),” featuring Machon, is going to make plenty of couples happy once it’s played in bars and breweries—the hard-fought love song is easy to relate to and is also guaranteed to make you reach for your phone to call that one person. This slides into the exciting opening riff of “Pay No Mind,” which is just plain fun.

“Thy Will Be Done” is a foot-stomping revenge song—which is essential for any country album—but it’s particularly poignant because it follows the heartbreaking “For Jacob.” “For Jacob” laments the loss of a loved one from the perspective of a childhood friend as well as a parent. “I heard they kept the porch light on / For 27 years, they never once locked their front door / I heard you finally came home,” Hooks sings in the song that he pushed his voice to a staggering peak.

“The Deed” is rollicking—a true get-up-and-dance-er. The album concludes with “All My Friends” which is absolutely ideal for staring far off into the New Mexican sunset.

The gorgeous thing about country is it can fill emptiness in your soul in a way that other genres can’t quite pull off. Still, it’s not totally easy to get right; it should be a delicate balance of word twirling, melody, and barrels of truth. And that’s what Adam Hooks & The Huckleberries has here. - ABQ Greenroom


Discography

So Far Gone - Available 4.16.21

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Adam Hooks & The Huckleberries are a 4-piece rock band from Albuquerque, NM .  Born out of the Covid-19 pandemic and a shared love of Country, Rock and Soul, the band crafts songs in the vein of Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty.  Equally at home in a country roadhouse or a LA rock club, their unique sound fuses gritty storytelling and forward thinking country-rock arrangements.


In March 2020, all 4 members of the band saw their career as a performing musician grind to a halt.  Having spent most of their adult lives on the road in punk, country and rock bands, the sudden stop was jarring.  Recognizing adversity as opportunity, the band began writing and remotely demos and parts for the album throughout the following summer and fall.  Starting in late November, they entered the studio and recorded the album that would become their debut, “So Far Gone.”


The band’s high octane live sound brings timeless rock and country aesthetics both familiar and exciting for the audience.  The Huckleberries have already created a buzz that will only grow to a roar once they are back on the road, leaving it all on stage and connecting with fans.



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