Hurricane Hoss

Hurricane Hoss

Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen

Sun, October 14, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

This event is all ages

Hurricane Hoss
Hurricane Hoss
"...honest-to-goodness country splendor anchored by fiddle playing and down-home vocal charm that endear immediately to even the lightest of fans of the genre...” inWilmington

“…catty, cool, authentic…smashing the sounds straight outta Nashville.” philadelphiaweekly

HURRICANE HOSS has blown through the juke joints and watering holes of America, the perfect example of a classical good-girl gone outlaw. She’s shot whiskey in the Midwestern Wilds, danced to zydeco in Louisiana, fallen in love in the Rockies, and two-stepped on top of broken hearts in Nashville. With fiddle, banjo, and guitar in tow, Hoss sings the stories of her travels and travails, as well as traditional songs of the American experience. Fans of Western Swing (ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL, THE TIME JUMPERS) and vintage country (PATSY CLINE, GLEN CAMPBELL) will easily find a place for Hoss in their ears and hearts.

Hoss’s newest album, “Shoulda Said Nothin’”, showcases award-winning fiddle playing and songwriting, as well as members of her all-star band THE PERFECT STORM.The new album in it’s entirety takes listeners on a journey through the full gamut of emotions. Tongue-in-cheek ditties like “I Should Have Said Nothing” (penned by Ross Bellenoit) and “Down the Road” poke fun at former lovers and Hoss herself; “Modena” is a love song to a home after a life on the road; “Only Mistake” and “Rocksalt and Nails” (written by Utah Phillips) tell stories of betrayal and abandonment that speak to the sweetness of Hurricane Hoss, hiding under the veneer of a Country and Western superhero.
Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen
Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen
Based out of Philadelphia, PA, Mighty Joe Castro and the Gravamen is the latest musical project from accomplished collage artist and musician Joe Castro (ex-The Situation, The Lift Up, Nero /OPF). Heavily influenced by the sound of rockabilly as well as ‘50s rock-n-roll and doo-wop, the band takes that vintage rock and roll sound but updates it with a modern lyrical approach and a healthy dose of post-modern guitar effects. Consider it a house that resides at the cross roads where Sun Records and Creation Records meet.

The Gravamen were formed after doghouse bassist H00V3r reached out to Castro about forming a new band. H00V3r enlisted Dallas, his band mate in Philadelphia punk rock stalwarts Thorazine, to play drums and later found hot-shot lead guitarist Michael Stingle floating around Mount Airy. The full band held it’s first practice together in January 2018 and shortly after recorded their debut EP, Wake Up, You’re Rockin’! that May with Grammy nominate producer Jim Salamone at Cambridge Sound Studios in South Philadelphia. The 4 song EP was released in July of 2018, followed by a limited edition vinyl 7” release in October 2018.

According to Joe Castro: “We define ourselves as a rockabilly band because the term rock and roll these days has become so broad that it’s completely meaningless. But I consider us to be a rock-n-roll band in the truest sense of the word, in the tradition of the pioneers of the genre like Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Bo Diddley and Johnny Burnette. My Dad grew up in Brookyln in the’ 50s, and would tell me stories about going to the Alan Freed shows at the Paramount and seeing Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly. As a kid, those guys were legends to me. Couple that with being taken to the drive-in to see films like American Hot Wax, American Graffiti and Grease – that beat was in my ears from a very early age. It’s in my blood. I’ve always loved it.”

Influences include Sun Records, Stray Cats, The Cramps, Buddy Holly and Richie Valens, combined with elements of punk and shoegaze with a lyrical influence of Morrissey, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and Bob Dylan.
Venue Information:
The Kennett Flash
102 Sycamore Alley
Kennett Square, PA, 19348
http://www.kennettflash.org