What is it with our country and the ability to pump out country music characters of the classic, old-time variety? Corb Lund, Tim Hus, Washboard Hank... And now Boots & The Hoots. The trio — Red Deer’s Boots Graham and Calgary’s Tyler Allen and Curtis Glas — have spent the last few years traveling around the west playing hardcore country music (or, if they are in BC, bluegrass) anywhere they are welcome. Hitting the road has sharpened their sound while winning over throngs of new fans.
Boots’ nasally twang is reminiscent of Hank Snow, mixed with some Hank Williams (I and III), and a little Wilf Carter, but it’s from 60 or 70 years earlier. Starting off playing in punk bands, working just as hard to find accommodating venues, Boots discovered parallels in the country music playing in the touring van. With a penchant for songs with classic 1-4-5 chord structures and frequent mentions of booze and bars, the boys have released three albums since 2013 culminating in the 2018 release, III (maybe for one of those fellows that Boots’ vocalizing resembles?). Two guitars, a doghouse bass and crying in your beer — nothing could be better for passing the time, longing for a simpler time with simpler music and the crackle of country sounds on an old AM radio.
Biography by Jay Nelson