If you’ve never been to a hootenanny, I’d guess you aren’t alone. But no worries, The Bodarks are here to show you exactly how a hootenanny is done and to pull you right up on stage with them.
What the Heck is a Hootenanny?
This popular North Texas band describes a hootenanny as a musical event where everyone gets to take part. Whether the audience members want to sing along or get up on stage and play the tambourine, they are encouraged to do just that. Shelly Duell, the band’s fiddle player, explains that they’ve had all sorts of talented folks join in, just singing or even playing the spoons.
When asked what style their music is, Duell says, “It’s our own genre. At one of our gigs you might hear classic rock, bluegrass, heavy metal, country or folk. The best descriptor for the style is Americana. In fact, if you check out the Bodarks on Reverbnation, you’ll see that they are currently their number one Americana band.
Check out some of The Bodarks’ music on Reverbnation:
A Melding of Musical Styles and Backgrounds
Duell, one of the orchestra directors at McKinney Boyd, has been classically trained on the violin, a style you won’t hear often at a Bodarks gig. In fact, the band comes from a variety of musical backgrounds, from a life of piano lessons to playing viola in the middle school orchestra to lots of time on the guitar. But regardless of their backgrounds, the talents and passions of the four individuals come together as if the group has been playing together since childhood.
I asked about the band’s name and the curious horse apple in their logo. When Jason was a young boy he spent a lot of time at his grandfather’s place that was loaded with Bois D’Arc trees, which of course produce loads of horse apples – a piece of every North Texas child’s memory. Turns out the Bois D’Arc wood is great to work with and Jason’s grandfather used it to build all sorts of things. When Jason met Jeff in college and talk of a band came up, they americanized the name of the tree, and the band name and logo were history.
First Album Coming Up
Over the past two years, the Bodarks have been working on their own original work and plans are in the works to record an album. They have twelve original tracks ready to record, with plans to start as soon as their Kickstarter campaign is funded. If you want to help this McKinney favorite record, head on over there and pledge your help. Maybe I’ll see you at the listening party.
If you want to know more about the Bodarks, the best thing to do is go hear them play. They will be playing at McKinney’s lovely Cafe Malaga on Friday night. “Come and experience us,” urges Duell. “No one ever leaves a show without a smile on their face.”The Bodarks at Cafe Malaga Friday, March 28, 7:00 pm 107 S. Church Street McKinney, TX 75069
To contribute to the Bodarks Kickstarter Campaign visit their Kickstarter site.