THE HYPOCHONDRIACS at The Capital Bar (Fredericton) - Sat Sep 9 2017 at 9:30 pm
Show on Sat Sep 9, 2017 at 9:30 pm
Ends on Sun Sep 10, 2017 at 2:00 am
Tip-toeing into the crypt of traditional country music, the Hypochondriacs ransacked it for treasures and escaped with a surprisingly fresh take on the genre. The forlorn, emotional balladry of legends like George Jones and Hank Williams, the manic high-energy stage show of early Memphis rockabilly, the sweet sugariness of ‘50 doo-wop, and the grit of modern “cow-punk” all blend together in a unique take on heartbreak, elation, and everything in-between.
Lead singer Josh Bravener is no stranger to the wandering troubadour life, having started to cut his baby teeth touring with his father at the tender age of six. You can see how deeply ingrained Bravener’s relationship with music is just from his presence and ease on stage, and his ability to patch together a dirty, whiskey-soaked quilt of cowboy gun ballads and personal heartbreak.
Josh and his brother Aaron formed the Hypochondriacs in 2012, after years spent playing in countless other groups. Since then, the band has played over a hundred shows, taking on everything from hushed, intimate house shows to rollicking and rambunctious stints at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, or the Harvest Jazz & Blues Mainstage in Fredericton. Winning hearts in every nook and cranny of the East Coast, this eclectic, all-star cast of companions show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
A scruffy, rough-around-the-edges quintet decked out in plaid and denim, The Tortoise The Hare & The Millionaire are grounded in a sort of no-nonsense, straight-shooting southern blues rock. However, the group flits effortlessly from genre to genre, not in a tacky way, but in a way that represents the grand scope of their influences, including southern blues, rock, funk and Louisiana jazz mix.
Since forming in 2016, the band has grown tremendously with respect to their musical prowess. Beginning as a blues/rock trio (Eric Allard, Matt Carr, Ted Nicholson) Tortoise the Hare & the Millionaire have continuously grown to incorporate their favorite genres into their sound and live show adding two permanent horn players (Adam Johnston, Jenn Russell) to the band in 2019.
With over one hundred shows under their belts and nearly as many festival stages (Area 506, Music NB, Folly Fest, Evolve, Harvest Jazz and Blues, Living Roots, etc.), Tortoise the Hare & the Millionaire capped off 2019 with two huge shows including supporting Amy Helm at Cloggeroo Festival and opening for Canadian Blues phenom Ariel Posen and US Alt Country icons Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats on Harvest Jazz and Blues closing night in 2019.
2020 will see Tortoise the Hare & the Millionaire touring the summer festival circuit and putting the pieces together for a new album with a release date TBA.
19+ ID Required / General Admission / No Refunds or Exchanges