Hoochie Coochie Men, a genre-defying blues and folk band, were founded in 2012 at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. They began at parties and local bars, but since then, they’ve set their sights on bigger things. They have moved to New York, consistently filling venues to capacity. They have sold hundreds of tickets to some of NYC’s most well known venues, including B.B. King’s, Stage 48, Sullivan Hall, Rockwood Music Hall, and have shared the stage with many national acts such as Badfish, Pete Francis of Dispatch, Matt Costa, and Toy Soldiers. They recorded their first EP in Brooklyn with platinum-winning producer Oliver Strauss in January.
One of the greatest strengths of Hoochie Coochie Men is their musical versatility. All six members began in previous bands all over the Northeast, playing very different music. Both lead singers bring diverse influences to the table. Zach Gold, from Rhode Island, has deeply immersed himself in the blues and folk of the Mississippi Delta. Joey Tumulty’s soulful voice calls to mind Ray Charles or Levon Helm. Lead guitarist Alex Musso never speaks on stage, but his soulful and powerful guitar solos more than make up for it. Drummer Brian Duke and Bassist Grant Kempski met in their college jazz band, when they both discovered they liked Led Zeppelin more than they liked jazz. The band’s newest addition, the multi-instrumental Shawn Hogan, brings her roots in reggae and psychedelia and pushes the band towards the future. With their powerful vocals and tight musicianship, the Hoochie Coochie Men provide a fresh take on older styles of American music.