It’s the Year of the Goats
THE Hillbilly Goats agree the Chinese got it right, 2015 was the year of the Goat.
They’re energetic and quirky, but no one can say they lack talent or drive and this year the band was non-stop.
The band, which has an emphasis on Appalachian mountain music performed over 200 shows and moved into the Foggy Mountain Studio to work with iconic Australian producer Nash Chambers.
Their new album Down Foggy Mountain is the brainchild of their collaboration with Nash Chambers, the brother of Aussie songstress Casey Chambers.
Band members, Bryce and Mahney Wearne said working with Nash was a step in a different direction.
“Nash totally mashed it up and did every single thing that shouldn’t be done to mountain music,” said Bryce.
“Everything Nash did was exactly the way mountain music should be played Hillybilly Goat style.”
The band are known for straying off the beaten track and the new album leads listeners Down Foggy Mountain on bluesy roots tracks snaked with twists and turns.
“A heavy presence of hard fiddle and fast harmonica bring alive tracks such as the single ‘Rabbit in a Log’ and ‘Old Joe Clarke’ while the cover of Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ have pushed the band’s boundaries in a direction that is sure to please punters and attract new audiences,” said Mahney.
The album features tracks with appearances from Bill Chambers on acoustic guitar, Melbourne roots music aficionado Jeb Cardwell on Banjo and fiddle player Caroline Trengove.
The album is set for worldwide release on January 9, 2016 but the Goats are proving their loyalty to the local fans by performing on home turf for 3 special shows.
These performances give local fans the opportunity to check out the Goats new material and purchase CD’s before the rest of the world starts clicking their heels to the beat.
Caroline Trengove (Sunny Goat), Bryce Wearne (Goat Boy), Mahney Wearne (Goat Girl)