Ha Ha Tonka
Hometown: Springfield, MO
"Their music is as authentic as you're going to get." --The Huffington Post
"At once gritty and delicate, owing as much to Paul Simon as Big Star; shaped by the sound of gospel as much as garage rock." --WNYC
"Southern rock meets The Cure." --My Old Kentucky Blog
"No American rock band has a better vocal blend." --Columbia Daily Tribune
"Ha Ha Tonka combines the rustic twang of the Ozark region with Southern-rock riffs and a flair for inventive, melodic songwriting" --PopMatters
"With 'Lessons,' the group might be my next favorite Americana band. Yours, too." --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Stripped down, rustic instrumentation provide the bedding for an immersive listening experience."--Paste Magazine
"...Ha Ha Tonka busts out of the gates like classic Replacements on an Ozark bender" --NPR
Coming straight out of Springfield, MO, Ha Ha Tonka specialize in disarming and effortless anthems that owe as much to high and lonesome Ozarks mountain music as chugging college rock.
The band released its Bloodshot debut, Buckle in the Bible Belt, to much acclaim in 2007, gaining praise from glossies like PASTE and Spin, and taste-making radio stations like KEXP. At year’s end, Popmatters Magazine named Buckle in the Bible Belt one of the best albums of 2007. The band followed up with LP Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South in 2009, which was also showered with thumbs up from critics and fans alike. 2011 brought the authentic-meets-modern Death of a Decade, recorded in a 200-year-old barn, yet again revered by press (including the likes of NPR and Washington Post) and audiences everywhere. Lessons is the band's newest album, released in September of 2013, and has unanimously been referred to as Ha Ha Tonka's most ambitious and engaging album to date.
The group’s relentless touring has seen them play Lollapalooza, Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, CMJ while touring nationally as a headlining act, as well as supporting many great bands such as Old 97s, Murder By Death, Langhorne Slim, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Meat Puppets and more.
IN 2011, Ha Ha Tonka was a guest on The Travel Channel’s flagship show, "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations." Check them out, grillin' and chillin' with AB his own bad self.
Ha Ha Tonka? What the hell could that name possibly mean? It's a nod to the boys' Ozark pride. It's the name of a state park in southwestern Missouri, full of natural bridges, sandstone cliffs, caves and a castle. That's right, a castle. Some crackpot rich guy built himself a Scottish style castle around 1900. It burned down, but the ruins are still an attraction. Thus, Ha Ha Tonka want you all to know there is more to their home stomping grounds than Branson, walnut bowl outlet stores and Jesse James' hideout.
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