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Ukuleles aren’t just for luaus anymore!!! The Mad Tea Party headlines Hub City Ukefest 9/24! Read more about it in this great interview with Matt Wake from the Greenville Metromix! Also find out more about their NEW Halloween EP, “ROCK-N-ROLL GHOUL” at this previous post.

In October, the band will release its “Rock ‘n’ Roll Ghoul” four-song Halloween EP via seven-inch vinyl and digital download. The set includes detours into doo-wop and psychedelia. (Credit: Jonathan Welch)

Ukuleles aren’t just for luaus anymore

Hub City Ukefest boasts three bands, instrument-maker

By Matt Wake, Metromix

The ukulele Ami Worthen plays in Asheville indie duo Mad Tea Party is hot-rodded, both visually and sonically.  Berkley, Calif., luthier Peter Hurney built Worthen a uke with a black-with-flames paintjob (a la ’50s dragster) and she plugs the axe into a guitar amp. And distortion pedal.

“I’m really into the ukulele as a rhythm instrument and the percussive sound of it,” Worthen, 29, says. “The way I play it is almost like a snare drum. That’s the thing I really dig about it: Its ability to provide an exciting groove.”
She first heard the ukulele on an old-time album from Brad Leftwich and Linda Higginbotham. Worthen took up the instrument about five years ago.

On Sept. 24 Mad Tea Party—which includes guitarist/drummer Jason Krekel and draws from influences including Bo Diddley—will headline the Hub City Ukefest. The show also features Greenville’s Lil’ Junior, who cover Ry Cooder and Velvet Underground tracks, and Spartanburg combo Snidely Sidewinder & The Unrepentant Uke Boys.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://greenville.metromix.com/music/article/ukuleles-aren-t-just/2192390/content

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Photo by Jonthan Welch/ Asheville's Mountain Xpress

Photo by Jonthan Welch/ Asheville's Mountain Xpress

by Johnny Woodie


A really great band is coming through folks, don’t miss out. I believe this is the next hidden NC musical treasure… and believe me, I wouldn’t just say that for no reason. Personally, to me they seem like the Southern version of the The Thermals, which in my book is a good thing. There is a track at the end of this post.

Ukebilly Garage-Pop band, The Mad Tea Party is heading to Salisbury and will be performing at the The Looking Glass Artist Collective on Friday September 25th. David Lamanno, the one man band from Salisbury, will be opening for the evening.

Southeast Performer describes Mad Tea Party, “If The White Stripes and Southern Culture on the Skids mated, had fraternal twins and raised them to rock out with ukulele accompaniment, we would have the Mad Tea Party. The newly-minted duo’s new release FOUND A REASON is playful old school rock that is both straightforward and wonderfully melodic. It’s B-52s meets Buddy Holly with a lot more thump; Americana with a funky fire underneath the plaintiveness of Jason Krekel’s smooth vocals and Ami Worthen’s jukebox-era delivery…”

Mad Tea Party is also a featured musical act in the recent film release, the Graduates which, is climbing the charts on both I-tunes and Hulu.”   You got that everyone?

Don’t slip on this show…

They’re even so kind to let us offer you a free download of “Every Way”.

Download avialable on AltRowan Blog.




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