Dig Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain or Nitty Gritty Dirt Band? Then, New England’s Hot Day At The Zoo is pouring your cup o’ tea. While less well known than these other national acts, HDATZ plays roots music with dead solid foundations and a whole lotta charm. As DI has pointed out a few times, there are plenty of blazing pickers out there, but it’s when things slow down and one can hear what’s rattling around in the bones of the songs that the real deals separate themselves from the pack. HDATZ pens tunes that ease up to one real easy and then stick around by invitation once one’s gotten to know them. Oh, these guys play and sing as well as just about any outfit working mandolins and acoustic guitars, but it’s ultimately their damn fine, workingman’s songwriting, right from the beginning, that’s endeared them to DI.
Hot Day At The Zoo is in the final days of a Kickstarter campaign for their next album, which finds them adding drums, keys and other elements that will move the band on from their string band beginnings into Sir Douglas Quintet/Flying Burrito Brothers territory – and frankly the Impound is stoked to hear this bad boy. This clip is a sneak peek of what’s ahead, a breezy, bittersweet slice of life dappled with lovely slide accents. If it tickles your fancy consider dropping some coins towards the cause here. You can check out their Kickstarter video below, too. These guys are only a few hundred short of this project being funded, and they’ve got six days to make it happen. Spare what you can for a great regional band that’s bound for bigger things.