Press

Hymn For Her play Glastonbury Festival Tampa Bay Times 3/13/17
2016 Press for Hymn For Her’s Aug 12th release, ‘Drive Til U Die’
AXS Top 10 Americana 2016 12/7
Road Tested/Americana Music Show Podcast 12/5
AXS 12/1
BLURT 11/10
CASHBOX 10/31
Turnstyled Junkpiled 9/28
The Corner Reviews 9/15
The Observer/Florida 9/10
Elmore Magazine 9/10
Desert Star Weekly 9/2
The Alternate Route 9/2
Rock ‘n’ Roll Truth 8/31
Twangville/Mayer’s Playlist 8/25
Sarasota Herald Tribune 8/23
Amplifi/Why it Matters 8/16
Country Standard Time 8/17
Atlanta Auditory 8/13
POPSHIFTER 8/12
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 8/12
AXS 8/12
Blue Ridge Outdoors 8/3
BLURT 8/3
Baby Sue 8/1
The Daily Country 7/28
Twangri La 7/8
Segarini 7/7
Record Journal/JP’s Music Blog 7/7
Top 40 Charts 6/16
The Daily Country 6/13
No Depression 6/2

more press . . .

“Created using broom handle cigar box banjo, dobro, bass drum, hi-hat and harmonica, the music of Lucy & Wayne and The Amairican Stream by US duo Hymn For Her, proves categorically that you don’t need a megabuck budget to create some high-end kick-ass boogie. Recorded in the classic sixteen-foot 1961 Bambi Airstream trailer (caravan) that they call home, it’s an impossible-to-categorise and unforgettable sonic wall of banjo-thrash-country-rock-acid-blues of the sort that you could imagine Jack White having on his iPod”.

– UK’s R2 (Rock ‘n’ Reel) magazine

Rarely do you find a record that kicks so much ass in so many ways. Hymn for Her is Lucy Tight & Wayne Waxing raising hell in their 1961 Airstream trailer, and you won’t believe how much passionate noise two people and a cigar box slide guitar can make. The opener, “Slips,” leads off with a nice Lester Flatt lick, roars into Jason and the Scorchers land with a howling Led Zeppelin harmonica topping, and it’s nothing but whup ass the rest of the way. Recorded entirely in said Bambi Airstream, the range of this record is astounding. “Not” sounds like a lost Mazzy Star/Portishead moment, the soft croon of Lucy Tight floating on a bed of guitar and vibes. Classy. Then it’s “Montana” that has a heavy White Stripes mojo, again with the crazed slide guitar and some sleazy wah wah action that makes you think Cream had reformed again. By the time you get to their potent cover of Morphine’s “Thursday,” you believe there’s not anything Hymn for Her can’t do. Lucy & Wayne and The Amairican Stream is simply a brilliant record, full of energy, wit, and irreverent pokes in the eye to conventional genres and styles. It don’t get much better than this.

-Ink 19 (FL)/James Mann  (url: http://www.ink19.com/issues/march2011/musicReviews/musicH/hymnForHer.html)

“Fuzzed out folkie Americana straight outta the Airstream!!”

–Jim Diamond-engineer/producer (White Stripes)

The level of enthusiasm over Hymn for Her’s particular approach to that whatever-it-is kind of music they do was akin to some of the punk rock shows I went to in college…They play as hard as is humanly possible.

– No Depression/Kim Ruehl

“Awesome!!! The sound is so spot on old country shot out of a cannon… yehaaooolyyshiiiiiiiiit music!”

–Dave “Stiff” Johnson- producer (G. Love & Special Sauce)

“These trailer park hippies can sing and play their butts off and don’t give a hoot what the straights think! It’s White Stripes meet Country Joe McDonald, with things just psychedelic enough to keep everyone interested and on their toes. The humor is good. The music even better.”

Vintage Guitar Magazine/RA

“From otherworldly meditations to fire-breathing rave-ups where banjos are banged like bongos, their live show is riveting and transcendental. H4H conjure a grippingly modern vision of folk that’s completely free of cliché…intensely haunting.”

Orlando, FL Weekly/Bao Le Huu

“An ear-blisteringly good listen.  Energetic, even heavy at times, but wholly organic.  I hope to hear more from Lucy and Wayne, and you should too!  Whether you call it alt-folk, stomp-grass, or cow-metal, this is one the best D.I.Y. efforts to come along in years!”

-KBAC-FM, Santa Fe, NM/Chris “Toast” Diestler

“‘Lucy & Wayne and THE AMAIRICAN STREAM’ explores a fast-paced landscape of wildly original rock & folk with lots of fun & funky detours. The CD captures a remarkable musical journey, and like all great trips, you’ll want to go back and experience it again as soon as it’s done.”

-Producer of MiND TV/Eric Fiedler

“Considering the fact that the entirety of Hymn for Her’s new album Lucy & Wayne and the Amairican Stream was recorded inside a 16-foot Airstream, it’s shockingly well engineered. Sure, the acoustics within such a small, metal place were probably useful, but it’s a testament to the talent shared between Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing that the album turned out the way it did. The music is different from the Americana floating around these days, mostly due to the distortion that fuzzes the acoustic instruments on almost every song. Hymn for Her clearly had country traditions in mind, though they added a rock twist that makes everything more fun. This isn’t just a collection of weakening croons; it’s a solid record of unique music.

How about that Airstream thing, though, right? So cool. It makes perfect sense that Hymn for Her are touring right now because, well, they’re always touring. They literally live in an Airstream — no, that’s not just a gimmick — and travel from place to place across the nation recording their music and finding inspiration. It’s clear, too, that they drew from multiple sources while recording their newest: sounds of the Delta, sounds of the Northeast, sounds of Arizona and the Southwest, burlesque, country, classic rock, they’re all in there somewhere. It’s fun-loving hillbilly rock, and if this is what a mulch of different parts of the U.S. sounds like, maybe the whole country should collaborate some time.

-Eugene, OR Weekly/Andy Valentine

“They have a strong folk, country and Americana vibe with enchanting harmonies and untempered angst and energy. Lucy’s chanteuse-like vocals are both beautiful and dark, while Waynes’s soulful tenor provides a solid foundation for the duo’s stripped-down yet evocative tunes.”

Philadelphia Weekly/Katherine Silkaitis

“Hymn For Her’s 2008 debut album, Year of the Golden Pig, is an elegant folk/alt-country collection spanning many themes: death, love, suicide and even doggy affection.”

Monterey, CA Weekly/Adam Joseph

These 12 songs are highly elevated, especially for material recorded in a driveway. The best stuff, such as the rustic, yet hard-edged “Fiddlestix,” rocks way harder than one would expect from the raw materials of banjo, harmonica and some kind of cigar-box stringed contraption.

– Orlando Sentinel/Jim Abbott

There are twelve fine tracks on ‘Lucy & Wayne and THE AMAIRICAN STREAM’, most outstanding— hell, who am I kidding? They’re all outstanding! Twelve tracks, most toward the rockin’ side and on the whole opposite of their earlier Year of the Gold Pig album which, while equally as good, leaned more toward the softer side (with the exception of two great rockers, The Mountain and the demoniacal Drive— both which are on their MySpace page at the time of this writing).”

Rock & Reprise/Frank Gutch, Jr.

Hymn For Her Presents….have produced an album of where all music should start from and finish……at it’s roots….wonderful songs….the production in the 16 feet Bambi Airstream trailer is perfect…their child dancing on the inner sleeve sums it all up….the list of parking places where the tracks were recorded…brilliant.
No wonder we gave this album record of the week……a gem for any roots loving warm hearted music lover

www.houseofmercy.net/Barry Marshall-Everitt

“There’s a raw, almost primitive electricity that sizzles off “Lucy & Wayne and the Amairican Stream,” the new album from Philadelphia duo Hymn For Her.  They have drawn comparisons to the White Stripes for their powerfully stripped-down sound, but there’s a more rural, old-school feeling to the music they create together.

A big part of their sound comes from the three-string cigar-box guitar that Lucy plays, a throwback to the kind of instrument many old blues players built for themselves because they couldn’t afford a bona fide guitar.

The ripsaw sounds that come from it led to edgier subject material. Their dissonant harmonizing recalls the sideways collaborations of the first couple of punk rock, Exene Cervenka and John Doe.

Another unusual element that contributes to Hymn for Her’s distinctive sound is their mode of transportation: a 50-year-old 16-foot aluminum Airstream trailer that they live in so that their toddler daughter  (and their 90-pound black Labrador), can be with them on tour. They also recorded the entire album in the trailer while touring the country last year.”

Los Angeles Times 2011/Pop and Hiss by Randy Lewis

“Imagine the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion singing the kids to sleep in a trailer and you might just manage to conjure the endearingly rough-and-ready racket made by this determinedly ultra-lo-fi US outfit. Mixed by erstwhile White Stripes engineer Jim Diamond, the duo’s second album stirs in a heapin’ helpin’ of fuzzed-up harmonica, broom handle bass and cigar box banjo to boil up a riotous, rocking roadkill stew. ‘THURSDAY’ is a stomping standout, while just to show it’s not all high-octane, fruit jar firewater, the lovely Nico-esque ballad ‘NOT’ offers a wistful and delicate respite from all that kick drum, bullet mic mayhem. Yes, this airstream comes with plenty of rust and dents, but peel back the duct tape and there’s a mighty engine under there.”

New Music Acoustic Magazine UK/Steve Bennett

The new record by duo, Hymn For Her, answers the question you’ve always wanted answered: What happens if you take a couple of musicians, their child and a 90 lb dog, throw them in a 1961 Bambi Airstream trailer with an assortment of instruments including cigar-box guitar, banjo, dobro, and kick drum and put them out on the road, recording in driveways and RV parks across the country.  That answer is a gypsy marriage of Jack White-skewed pop, stomping folk and bits of Led Zep III.  Lucy Tight and Wayne Waxing have concocted a sound that borrows as much from the Beatles as it does from RL Burnside, but is as uniquely American as that trailer. This is one record you’ll want to take out for a spin as soon as you can.

Playgrounds Magazine/Columbus, GA/Curtis Lynch

“Like Morphine on speed.”

–fan

“The Ramones of bluegrass.”

-another fan

“Hell’s Angels meets the Amish”

-last standing fan

“These guys are just a freak out from top to bottom”

-a hairy fan

Duo Hymn for Her lives, travels and records in a 16-foot trailer