“Hailing from Columbia, MO, The Hooten Hallers are more two-man tornado than two-man band...”
"[The Hooten Hallers'] rambunctious live show attacks audiences like a freight train that could hop the track at any moment."
"...a stripped-down, rabid and raw form of 'kick-in-the-teeth' country."
“3.5/4 Stars! "What do you get when you combine a standup drummer, a tuba player and a singer-guitarist who rumbles like Tom Waits? A Missouri power trio that smacks you square in the puss with a greasy chicken-fried lump of feverish blues-rock lunacy. Shotgun that beer and crank it."”
“If someone were to pull Tom Waits aside, sit him down and play him any of the Hooten Hallers’ three studio albums, you’d have to think he’d be smiling, and maybe a little envious.”
“The Hooten Hallers are a rambunctious hillbilly folk/blues garage outfit from Columbia, Mo., with a wild and woolly streak as long as an airstrip. The band sounds like a mining camp hootenanny full of whiskey-soaked frenzy and stir-crazy abandon, and all of it is captured in a faded sepia print.”
“Old-school blues rock at its finest, this duo brings up visions of a down-home band roaming the country playing whatever dive they can find. With Randall handling guitar and lead vocals and Rehm taking drums and back-up vocals, the band puts on a show that brings to mind a grittier version of The Black Keys.”
“Columbia, Mo.'s Hooten Hallers crackle like Jiffy Pop, producing a swampy garage-blues stomp that's greasy enough to tame the worst Jersey Shore hair. The duo evokes the energetically grimy, white-boy blues of Scott Biram and Bob Log III, whose somewhat-unhinged brand of showmanship they also share. It's an enthusiastic ethos they've taken to describing as "putting a dog on it."”
“Like Jack White met up with George Thorogood, got all loaded up on blow and tried to sober up by jamming booze into their guts.”
“These guys are something else. It's punishing barroom blues, delivered with hillbilly irreverence, Tom Waits-and-Jack vocals and incredible punk energy.”
“...Their live show is easily one of the most outrageous and revelatory you are likely to witness in your life. With an unconventional one guitarist/standing drummer arrangement, this Columbia, MO band has perfected a drunken barroom sound that belies their impressive attention to musical nuance and melody.”
"A set of drums. A guitar. A two piece hillbilly rock music machine driven by two whiskey drinking, lyric slinging cowboys. That's The Hooten Hallers..."