On Thursday, August 8th, Hymn for Her will bring their juiced-up, backwoods country blues to the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts. Show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
Described as “Hell’s Angels meets the Amish,” Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing of Hymn for Her cover a wide ranging musical territory. Their wild-eyed mash-up of country, blues and punk led music critic Steve Bennett to call Hymn for Her’s sound “a riotous, rocking roadkill stew,” while others have referenced such diverse bands as Captain Beefheart, Primus, X, R.L. Burnside, JS Blues Explosion and the Ramones.
Impressively, the two create their unique sound with only a few instruments. Wayne, mainly playing the kick-drum, high-hat, acoustic guitar and harp, serves as the group’s rhythmic driving force. Lucy delivers a gritty squall on her “Lowebow” — a custom-made cigar-box guitar.
For their newest release, “Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy and Wayne’s Smokin’ Flames”, the two traveled to Detroit to work with Jim Diamond. In his Ghetto Recorders studio, the former White Stripes producer helped evolve their “stompgrass” sound to something even more heavy and rockin’. Arriving at Diamond’s studio with road-tested tunes, Hymn for Her recorded live and mixed 12 original songs in just one week.
Although Hymn for Her hails from Philadelphia, Lucy characterizes Hymn for Her as “a band born on Route 66.” With their daughter Diver, Manny the nanny and Pokey, their spirit guardian dog, this little self-contained unit enjoys life’s unknown adventures on the highway.
Built from a one hundred year-old barn with attached farmhouse, the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts is a vibrant cultural and arts center that offers an eclectic mix of music, films, art, lectures, and other various events. The UCCPA is located at 42 Depot St. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.uccpa.unity.edu or call 207-948-7469.
Unity College is a small private college in rural Maine that provides dedicated, engaged students with a liberal arts education, which emphasizes the environment and natural resources. Unity College graduates are prepared to be environmental stewards, effective leaders, and responsible citizens through active learning experiences within a supportive community.