A Night in the Box
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A Night in the Box


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"The Wake"

Their apparent southern flavor may seem to contradict their Minnesota roots, but pay no mind. Blues comes from the heart, and they’ve got plenty of soul.

I give this album a 9.2 out of 10 on Carl’s, less self-important than Pitchfork, and less shameless than Rolling Stone, scale of review. - university of minnesota press


Minneapolis post-folk group A Night In the Box are a bunch of raunchy rockers. Unafraid to show roots rock a thing or two about how to boogie down, A Night in the Box boasts energetic bluegrass, roots rock, Americana, and blues with punk and hardcore influences tapping in now and again. Produced by label owner Ian Anderson (Afternoon Records), “The Hustle, The Prayer, The Thief” is a hobo’s story of hopping trains, drinking whiskey, and loving women. Depression-era sounds this fresh make you fear that the recession in the US economy might be gloomier than we originally thought.

- J-Sin - smother.net


The Hustle, The Prayer, The Thief (2006)



The Minneapolis-based post folk outfit A Night In The Box uses elements of bluegrass, blues, and roots music but allows the energy of their punk rock and hardcore influences to seep through the cracks, resulting in an eccentric Americana sound with a punch. Made up of three friends who met in high school, the band really took form in the spring of 2006 as Alex Dalton (Drums, vocals) completed the trio, giving the band just what it needed. Clayton Hagen (lead vocals, guitar) came back from a stay in Texas in 2005, the spirit of Texas panhandling absorbed in his Minnesota blood, and immediately began writing songs with friend, and ex-The New Renaissance front man Travis Hetman (Banjo, vocals, guitar, harmonica).

The band joined forces with friend Ian Anderson and his label Afternoon Records, recently recording their debut album The Hustle, The Prayer, The Thief, in Minneapolis. Engineered by Dustin Miller and produced by Ian Anderson, the album possesses a unique sound that is, simply put, hard to explain.