At once danceable and reflective, familiar and nostalgic, Humming House is a musical experiment gone right. Woven together from diverse backgrounds (Americana, classical composition, bluegrass, soul, and traditional Irish music), their playground of musical exploration has something for every generation. Unmistakable pop sensibilities mixed with a depth of lyrical narrative give their whimsical songs an irresistible quality that can only be described by the imagery of the name – Humming House.
Fresh from recording their debut album (unreleased) with Grammy-winning producers Vance Powell (The White Stripes, Chris Thile, Buddy Guy) and Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay), Humming House has hit the ground running. A whirlwind of press has followed as the band had been featured on NPR’s Live in Studio C and All Things Considered, Nashville’s Lightning 100 local spotlight, and STETSON’s Center Stage artist of the week.
For our first Nashville Sunday Night broadcast at the newly expanded 3rd and Lindsley, I almost expected something to go wrong. After knocking down a wall, erecting a brand-new stage and moving all the sound equipment, a bug was bound to pop up, right? I didn’t expect it to be the stage lights going out! Humming House had to play the first few songs of their set in the dark! They were troopers about it, and sounded great anyway. Audience members were holding up cell phones to shed a little light on them! The new computer that controls the lights had a power failure, then refused to boot up properly about three times, before it finally did, and the lights came back on! Humming House is a great new Nashville group, led by Justin Wade Tam and Kristen Rogers (pictured below). Listen to the SoundCloud clip of the finale of their set, a rousing live performance of their first single “Gypsy Django,” from their forthcoming album. The full setlist was: Cold Chicago, Mrs. Worley, Stop We Will, Tower Park, Southern Seamstress, Dawn, Young Enough, Chim Chim, Gypsy Django (audio).