Andrew Hardin, renowned for his work with Tom Russell, Katy Moffatt, Audrey Auld, Jimmy LaFave, Eliza Gilkyson, Malcolm Holcombe, Joel Guzman, John Fullbright, Jeannie Burns, and many others worldwide, has found a new musical partner in Hank Alrich. A strong instrumentalist in his own right, Alrich’s songs and delivery create a powerfully grounded platform for Hardin’s flights of fingerboard fancy.
The sheer joy of their collaboration is contagious.
Hardin says, “Hank sings and plays with a breadth and depth of wisdom not to be found in most Americana music. He delivers songs that are sophisticated yet earthy, at times prescient, witty, passionate and compassionate, topical and fantastic, and always entertaining. If you want to hear inventive and intelligent songwriting delivered by someone who has lived life, not just watched it on TV, listen to the music of Hank Alrich.”
This is an unusual album, recorded head-on live by Merel Bregante at Cribworks Digital Audio outside of Austin TX, just these two men and their acoustic guitars and voices, with touches of harmony vocals from Andrew Hardin, Merel Bregante and Shaidri Alrich.
Produced by Andrew Hardin and Hank Alrich, !AH HA! is an outstanding example of contemporary American music ~ Folk Rock from men who were playing acoustic ‘americana music’ before Americana was invented. This is a notable debut that may well become a classic.