My Morning Download: “Penitentiary” by Houndmouth (playing World Cafe Live 11/16)


houndmouth Roots rockers Houndmouth released their debut album, From The Hills Below The City in June to well deserved acclaim. The quartert from New Albany, Indiana – right across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky, includes Matt Myers, Katie Toupin, Shane Cody and Zak Appleby and formed the band in 2011.

“Penitentiary,” one of the songs on From The Hills Below The City is currently being featured on NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation and was selected by World Cafe host David Dye as one of his “songs he can’t stop playing.” Here’s what he says about the song:

I missed the Louisville band Houndmouth’s debut album, From the Hills Below the City, when it came out earlier this year. Oh, I knew it was there and my colleagues seemed to like it; I just never listened to it. I couldn’t handle another alt-country band; I was Mumford-ed out. That changed when Houndmouth came in for its World Cafe session, where I discovered that this album is filled with superior writing about cocaine, casinos and trains. The dirt behind most of the writing — combined with the “cleanness” of the stacked vocals and arrangements — echoes the best of The Band and makes for a near-perfect album. “Penitentiary” is one of the first songs Houndmouth wrote, but more importantly, it’s one of the best.

Below, download “Penitentiary,” See then band live on Wednesday, November 13 at World Cafe Live.



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