Squirrel Nut Zippers
Swinging Roots Revivalists
- Thursday, Jan 11, 2018
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About Squirrel Nut Zippers
It was about 20 years ago when NPR’s Morning Edition said: “It’s not easy to categorize the music of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, except that it’s hot.”
2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Squirrel Nut Zippers most celebrated and commercially successful album Hot. Originally released in the summer of 1996, Hot was the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut The Inevitable. By this time the group had already established a substantial live following across the country thanks to early support from NPR, college radio and non-commercial stations. Hot wound up selling over 1.3 million copies.
The Squirrel Nut Zippers recently announced their first set of tour dates since 2009. The band has now added many other shows to their upcoming 2016 touring plans including the Montreal Jazz Festival, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas and the Strawberry Music Festival with many more still to be announced.
In honor of the 20th Anniversary the album, the bands visionary creator Jimbo Mathus, along with founding member and partner Chris Phillips (drums), have crafted a brand new stage show including singer Ingrid Lucia of Flying Neutrino’s fame. Several leading musicians from New Orleans have also been enlisted to serve up the bands unique musical flavor which owes its roots to that city.
“It’s been a long road folks and the music lives on,” remarked drummer Chris Phillips. “We – all of us – thank all of you. This album and the success it found would not have been possible had it not been for the tireless and endlessly imaginative work of so many team members. This includes the folks at Mammoth Records, the many musicians who graced this album and the band, the amazing road crew, family and friends. Most of all, it would not have meant a thing without you our loyal fans.”
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“exuberant, gin house swing without apologies and it rocks without pretense. If you can manage to resist liking it, you must be dead.” – Pitchfork