Humming House take huge leap forward with ‘Revelries’ release

Humming House‘Revelries’
Humming House (Rock Ridge)
4 stars out of 5

In the world of indie folk/Americana, there are so many bands mining similar sonic turf these days that it can be difficult to keep ’em all straight. Fortunately the great ones — like Nashville-based five-piece Humming House — manage to stand out from the pack.

Humming House CDThe delightful “Revelries” is the band’s third overall release, but first with its full lineup of Justin Wade Tam, Joshua Wolak, Benjamin Chakoian Jones, Bobby Chase and Leslie Rodriguez. That fully realized acoustic sound is flat-out fantastic as Humming House blend elements of folk, soul and bluegrass into a sound that’s uniquely their own.

The 11-track “Revelries” gets off to an impossibly great start with “Run With Me” and “Great Divide,” and the quintet also soars high on “Nuts, Bolts and Screws,” “This Hell Where We Belong,” “Freight Train,” “The Love That We’ve Made” and “Atlantic.”

Even better, Humming House are performing at Pittsburgh’s Rex Theater ( on Saturday, March 28, in support of Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors. If you like what you hear on “Revelries” — and I can’t imagine you won’t — make sure to head down Pittsburgh’s South Side for what promises to be a terrific show. (Jeffrey Sisk)


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