The debut CD from Wee Hairy Beasties is a rousing collection of 15 back porch blues, ragtime, and folk inspired tunes. Featuring two members of the seminal punk-rock band The Mekons, Wee Hairy Beasties music is good old fashioned toe-tapping fun.
Animal Crackers features songs about squirrels, worms, flies, ducks, and turtles, accompanied by some marvelous steel guitar, harmonica, and clarinet. I especially like the 16 second song called ‘A Newt Called Tiny’:
I’ve got a newt called Tiny,
I call him Tiny because he’s my newt.
I haven’t had him long, I found him by the pond,
breathing through exterior fronds.
‘Animal Crackers’ will be released on October 24th. It’s available for pre-order at Amazon, and the Bloodshot Records site has the full version of the first track, called ‘Wee Hairy Beasties’, available for download. Bloodshot Records artists are featured on eMusic, so there’s a good chance that the album will be available there as well when it’s released.
Here are a couple of tracks that we love:
05 Housefly Blues: [audio:WHB_Housefly_Blues.mp3]
10 Glow Worm: [audio:WHB_Glow_Worm.mp3]