Conference Call: The Howlin' Brothers, 'Gone' and 'Julia Belle Swain'

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You mightn't guess it, but the Nashville-based string trio that goes by the name of The Howlin' Brothers is made up of Yankees. They met far north of the Mason-Dixon, but together they relocated to Music City, where they tracked their forthcoming Howl with noted local songster and Raconteur Brendan Benson. Howl, which was cut at Welcome to 1979, will be out March 5 via Benson's own Readymade Records.

The ever-gigging Howlin' Bros. have a whole slew of shows coming up — the SXSW sendoff show March 2 at Mercy Lounge, The Billy Block Show March 5 at The High Watt, an in-store March 9 at Grimey's, several SXSW dates, two sets March 20 at The Station Inn and plenty more — but they were kind enough to squeeze in a bit of time for us here at the Cream. For the latest installment in our ongoing Conference Call series, the Brothers (not literally brothers) crashed our conference room to play an original called "Gone" (above) as well as a cover of John Hartford's "Julia Belle Swain" (after the jump), both of which will be featured on Howl, and the latter of which is about a riverboat. Benson didn't pop up to play the Zippo, but you'll find that — as is the tradition with an old-time string band of this nature — the fellas are awfully good at filling up plenty of space with just three members. Give both vids a look, or bounce on over to The Howlin' Brothers' Soundcloud page if you'd like to hear excerpts from the whole record.

The Conference Call was shot by Seth Graves and Stephen "Goose" Trageser, and edited by Seth Graves. Thanks to The Howlin' Brothers.

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