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The Foxtails / Press

“People are generally surprised when local singer-songwriter Erik Hanson tells them his band the Foxtails play country. Hanson isn’t exactly sporting a 10-gallon hat or wearing a rhinestone belt buckle. He looks more like he’d be in a slacker indie-rock band such as the Shins or Modest Mouse. Then, of course, Hanson feels compelled to explain what kind of country the Foxtails play. “None of us listen to new country. We like Gram Parsons. We like Hank Williams. We like Buck Owens and Johnny Cash—that kind of country,” Hanson says. As much as the members are directly influenced by the older country greats—and they do boast a mean pedal-steel guitar—their rootsy, twangy sound actually comes off a bit dreamy and melancholy. Furthermore, the band members all profess an interest in ’80s and ’90s shoegaze bands such as My Bloody Valentine and Swervedriver, and Hanson sings like a gentle Elliott Smith.”

“ The not-so-subtle messages in Hanson’s songs have much in common with the group’s namesake. Take, for instance, the boozy ballad “Too Drunk to Fall in Love Tonight” or the crowd-pleasing “Love Letters from a Bar.” Perhaps the connection is most evident in “Love and Whiskey,” in which Hanson declares, “Singing along with Willie, Johnny and Hank / don’t do any good to forget the heartbreak / Things around here just aren’t the same / I see your name in every bottle I drain.””

Sacramento News & Review

“It’s not surprising that, when asked who his influences are, Hanson lists leading roots-rock musicians like Gram Parsons, Ryan Adams and Jay Farrar. But his list isn’t limited solely to bands that fall under the umbrella of “alternative country.” Added to the list are shoe-gazing groups like My Bloody Valentine and Ride. And, of course, what list of musical influences would be complete without a mention of the Beatles? “The Beatles are the reason I’m even playing music today,” said Hanson. “When I was learning to play the guitar, I learned to play Beatles songs first.””

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