Hot Day At The Zoo : Zoograss

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Sell date: 1/2010
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 Notes & Reviews
Reviews: ''Zoograss' is one of those live albums that will turn into a word-of-mouth sensation as the rhythm of time passes. Charging up the hillside with 'One Day Soon' and 'Mercy of the Sea,' the rebel yells and string bombardment fill the ear with a cacophony of traditional numbers amid a plethora of original material destined to become the former.' - Garrett K. Woodward (Adirondack Daily Enterprise) 1/10 'The group excels on a touchstone cover of 'Midnight Moonlight'' (the Peter Rowan song from Old & In the Way's self-titled disc in 1973), but the bulk of the CD is original tracks from multitalented Hot Day tunesmiths Mike Dion (whose sweeping 'Morning Light'' makes a nice companion piece to 'Midnight Moonlight'') and Jon Cumming, whose gentle 'Long Way Home'' is a tasteful change-of-pace from the string-band flash.' - Steve Morse (Boston Globe) 1/10 'When it comes down to it, 'Zoograss' is not only one of the best albums to come out in a long time, nor is it part of that rare breed of live album that truly captures what a band is about, but 'Zoograss' is something far more: it spans genres, unites fans of multiple sounds, and infuses such a frenetic energy into the listener that after only one song they are die-hard fans until the day they die. How many other bands can claim that?' Dino Lull (Metro Spirit) 1/10 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- New England's genre-bending American roots string band, Hot Day at the Zoo, is spreading their 'zoograss' sound nationwide. The high-energy quartet mixes folk, blues, ragtime and jazz with progressive bluegrass and Americana-infused rock and roll. Hot Day at the Zoo is pioneering their sound in a way that is reminiscent of how Johnny Cash transformed traditional country music. They have the songwriting and full-bodied sound of the Grateful Dead, the technicality and momentum of Sam Bush, the tightness and the ability to talk musically like Charles Mingus, and the cool, easy rock demeanor of Steely Dan. Fans accurately describe this sound as 'zoograss.' Hot Day at the Zoo is Jon Cumming (banjo, dobro, vocals), Michael Dion (guitar, harmonica, vocals,) Jed Rosen (upright bass, vocals), and JT Lawrence (mandolin, vocals). Dion and Cumming are the band's two main songwriters. Both, with distinctive personalities, offer enough stories to fill a catalogue of songs that are whole-hearted and full of sincerity. Add in Rosen, who's technical prowess allows him to hold down the beat and push the music along, and Lawrence, who's youthful energy and stellar musicianship fuel his strength in fulfilling each song's missing piece, and the result is a band who humbly creates something bigger than any of themselves. Hot Day at the Zoo is set to release their third album, Zoograss, on January 12, 2010 on their independent label INTA Records. Zoograss is a live album, recorded at The Waterhole in Saranac Lake, NY on February 14, 2009. It was mixed by Sir Bob Nash at Wonka Sound in Lowell, MA and mastered by Jay Frigoletto at ProMastering in Brookline, NH. Zoograss follows HDATZ's 2008 EP, Long Way Home, a dark and edgy album added to their collection that includes the wildly popular Cool As Tuesday. In a venue so personally special to the band (Phish had Nectar's, HDATZ has The Waterhole), and on a night when all the planets and stars seemed to align to create an ideal environment for the creative process, HDATZ recorded a special, representative performance. 'That night at The Waterhole was one of those times that I knew from the first few notes that we were on point,' says Lawrence. 'The energy exchange between us and the audience was incredible.' Zoograss is a true picture in time, capturing a band that has undergone transformations over the years, including two line-up changes, but has evolved and matured in their songwriting and live performance and is now tighter than ever before. Zoograss brings HDATZ to life and proves that this is a band you must see live. 'Expect

Boston Blues
Mercy of the Sea
One Day Soon
Back This Way
Midnight Moonlight
Blues for Jimmy
Trouble in Paradise
Ana Maribel
Long Way Home
Full of Sin
Devil Woman
Full of Sin (Reprise)
Morning Light
Old Mill