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HAZMAT MODINE plays the kind of Blues one might have found in a New Orleans whorehouse had the city been built on the Black Sea and inhabited by gypsies who performed with Otis Redding. The band is driven by a pair of dueling harmonicas and backed by tuba, drums, multiple guitars and a full horn section. Front man Wade Schuman, has the appropriately throaty voice of someone who has both hopped freight trains and collaborated with the Throat Singers of Tuva. For the past seven years, the band has been touring extensively throughout Europe where they have proved immensely popular. Prolonged touring has helped evolve the bands deep grooving and soulful sound to include three part vocal harmonies and unusual musical juxtapositions: African syncopation, 60's rock and R & B, along with the American folk/roots traditions. Their recent CD, CICADA, was number one on the world music charts this past summer in Europe and includes collaborations with the Kronos Quartet, the Gangbe Brass Band from Benin, Natalie Merchant, Erik Della Penna, and Michael Farkas of The Wiyos. The CD was awarded the Charles Cros Grand Prize in France for best Blues record in 2011, and voted Number 2 for all of 2011 in the World Music Charts in Europe. HAZMAT MODINE has a song in the recent Oscar nominated Wim Wenders' movie PINA.