Live Review: The Band of Heathens @ Hill Country Live — 12/31/18

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The Band of Heathens performs at Michael Hearne’s 15th annual Big Barndance in Taos, New Mexico, on Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo by Dave Hensley)

Coming from one of America’s great musical cities, Austin, Texas, The Band of Heathens played on New Year’s Eve at Hill Country BBQ. Formed in 2008, the BoH mixes Americana influences with roots rock. On their most recent project, A Message from the People Revisited, they journey into soul, gospel, and R&B.

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Snapshots: The Blasters @ Hill Country Live — 8/18/18

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The Blasters perform at Hill Country Live in DC on Aug. 18, 2018. (Photo by Ben Eisendrath/Instagram+Twitter: Insomnigraphic/GrillworksBen)

Somewhere in a timeless haven, gents in jeans and jackets pump out stirring rock ’n’ roll, the sort of which forms the sturdy backbone of “American music.” And there in the crux of it, the feisty rockabilly quartet called The Blasters will forever sit, feeding the insatiable appetite for ageless, irresistible tunes that practically demand that you dance along.

The Blasters served up that music in a satisfying show at Hill Country Live on Saturday, and Ben Eisendrath photographed the band and their opener Lara Hope & the Ark Tones.

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Don’t Miss: The Blasters @ Hill Country Live, 8/18/18

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The Blasters (Photo courtesy Ticketfly)

Known for their bend of rockabilly, punk, R&B, and blues, The Blasters took their place in musical history with their first four albums from 1980-85. Led by vocalist Phil Alvin, the gents returned in 2012 for a new album, Fun on Saturday Night. They are touring still as original members Bill Bateman (drums) and John Bazz (bass), as well as longtime bandmate Keith Wyatt (guitar), join Phil for a show at Hill Country Live on Saturday, Aug. 18.

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Music Park: Eric Ambel @ Hill Country Live — 7/12/18

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Eric Ambel at Cowboy Technical Services in Brooklyn, New York (Photo by Rob McCarthy)

Do me a favor, please, before we go any further. Play Joan Jett and The Blackheart’s “I Love Rock ‘n Roll.” That legendary guitar riff you hear? That’s played by Eric “Roscoe” Ambel.

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Snapshots: Dangermuffin @ Hill Country Live — 6/15/18

Dangermuffin Dangermuffin performs at Hill Country Live on June 15, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Dangermuffin gave a masterful performance at Hill Country Live on Friday. The band, which originated in Folly Beach, South Carolina, and remains a staple of the coastal Carolina music scene, possesses an original sound that organically blends Americana, folk, and a bit of reggae into laid-back melodic jams.

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