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Ha Ha Tonka


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Coming straight out of Springfield, MO, Ha Ha Tonka specialize in disarming and effortless anthems that owe as much to high and lonesome Ozarks mountain music as chugging college rock.
Out in front is Brian Roberts and Brett Anderson handles the lead guitar, mandolin and keyboards. Lady-killing Luke Long plays bass, swings from the rafters, takes his shirt off a lot and keeps the low end on the four parts. The band’s versatile recent additions of Hoots & Hellmouth drummer Mike Reilly and The Spring Standards multi-instrumentalist/singer James Cleare catalyzed the group to stretch simple themes into sonic dimensions. As with all great bands, and this is a band, the sum is greater than the parts.
The group’s relentless touring has taken them to the stages of Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, CMJ and nationally as a headlining act, as well as supporting many great bands such as Old 97s, Murder By Death, Langhorne Slim, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Meat Puppets and more.
In 2011, Ha Ha Tonka was a guest on The Travel Channel’s flagship show, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Check them out, grillin' and chillin' the finer foods of the Show Me State with AB his own bad self. In 2017, they performed on the Conan O'Brien show.


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