Ha Ha Tonka?
Okay, I remember the Tonka trucks my brothers and I used to play with as children. Ha Ha? Well we all know, that is laughter, right?
This band, Ha Ha Tonka, isn’t really associated with either one of these. The name comes from their roots in their home state. They are from Missouri and it is the name of a beloved state park. The park is apparently full of natural bridges, sandstone cliffs, caves and a castle. Someone built the castle around 1900, and even though it burned down, the ruins are still an attraction. Ha Ha Tonka seems to want us to know “there is more to their home stomping grounds than Branson, walnut bowl outlet stores and Jesse James’ hideout.”
Well, I can tell you that there is more to this band than their unusual name. I find them to be truly talented, and they possess that much loved raucous Americana, southern rock sound. Their new album, Lessons, just came out in late September, and this track, “Rewrite Our Lives” is one of my favorites. It contains a gravelly solo vocal, bursts of lively four part harmonies, and a rolling percussion. It is full of energy and also lyrically thoughtful. All of these are the perfect ingredients for a memorable song.
Check out Ha Ha Tonka and their new music. They are touring pretty extensively throughout the US, so note their concert schedule too. Enjoy!