Ithaca, New York, may seem like an unlikely spot for a group of roots musicians to start picking around a campfire, but the city is an interesting cross-culture of rural New York and the intellectual spires of Ithaca College and Cornell University. Before moving to Nashville, the Howlin’ Brothers met in Ithaca, pulling inspiration from the neo-old time music in the Oscar-winning film “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” including songs from the late John Hartford.
The Howlin’ Brothers are a three-piece string band featuring Ben Plasse (upright bass, banjo, vocals), Ian Craft (fiddle, banjo, vocals), and Jared Green (guitar, harmonica, vocals) that brings heart and passion into every performance. Their upbeat shows are heavy with original and traditional music, featuring the sounds of slide banjo, harmonica and old-time fiddle. The Howlin’ Brothers are bringing their show all across America in 2013 in support of their latest album “Howl.”
They stopped by Folk Alley’s studio in Kent State University’s Franklin Hall for a chat and to play a few songs. Hear the interview and watch video performances below.