Heartless Bastards Bring The Sounds Of The Road To Madison

Heartless Bastards

With blues and rock influences, and frontwoman Erika Wennerstrom’s deep, powerful voice, the Heartless Bastards’ comprehensive sound is hard to beat. Madisonians can experience it for themselves when the band makes a stop at the High Noon Saloon on Saturday, February 11 to support their upcoming album Arrow, which drops this Valentine’s Day.

Arrow is the first album on Partisan Records for the Austin, Texas-based band, and if the first single, “Parted Ways,” is anything like the rest of the album, the collection will present lots of twangy guitars, refreshing melodies and candid lyrics.

With lines like, “I need a little bit of whiskey and a little bit of time to ease my troubled mind,” sprinkled throughout their catalog, listening to the Bastards’ music might bring on a craving for booze, but mostly it’ll cause a yearning for the open road. Wennerstrom spent the fall of 2010 traveling solo, taking road trips to Ohio, the Catskills, Arkansas and the Allegheny Mountains, and those travels served to mold the musical direction of Arrow.

“It was really nice,” Wennerstrom says about her journeys on the band’s website. “I didn’t feel like I was getting much done, but I realized that a lot of that experience ended up being reflected in the songs. I didn’t get a lot of the writing done right then, on that trip, but I feel like getting out there really helped me later on.”

This new album showcases the Bastards as a four-piece, with drummer Dave Colvin, bassist Jesse Ebaghguitarist and Mark Nathan providing a sound that’s far richer than past Bastards albums Stairs and Elevators (2005), All This Time (2006) and The Mountain (2009), all of which were on Fat Possum Records.

Get your tickets to see Heartless Bastards joined by Hacienda for their Madison show at the High Noon Saloon right here.

—Kaitlyn Schnell

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Just Announced Madison Concerts: Girl In A Coma

Monday, September 13


Girl In A Coma

with special guests Hacienda and Sick of Sarah

High Noon Saloon, 8pm

Tickets: $10 adv, $12 dos, 18+

Tickets available on our Music Calendar soon!

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Hacienda Photos: Proof of Greatness

(see: Truth)

“Hacienda is now a verb. These guys are the definition of applied energy with direction. They’re dedicated to a sound that this journalist hasn’t heard live in far too long.  That old toe-tappin’, ass-shakin’ we loved in previous lives gets a fresh take. Don’t forget that they wrapped it all up with a cover of ‘Woolly Bully’ that would make Sam the Sham eat his ridiculous turban. Think that you’re following a string of pretty words into a dark alley where you’re mind will be changed for you? Hands down music lover. This post doesn’t want your wallet. This post is here to stand for truth. Check it…

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That actually happened… serious. Look for more next time. Until then, head on over to the photon-buffet @ hansenPhotographic.com. Thanx”

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(c) 2010 Christian Hansen

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Madison Week In Music + Ticket Giveaways (1.27-2.2): Hacienda, Say Hey For Haiti Benefit, A.A. Bondy, and Zion I

Zion I

This week, we’re excited to welcome a number of fantastic artists back to Madison.  Hacienda, A.A. Bondy, and Zion I have all played here in the fairly recent past, and will be returning to the delight of many local music lovers.

In addition to these shows, we are also proud to present an event later this week to benefit the victims of the Haiti disaster.  Say Hey For Haiti is a 6 hour fundraising concert event that will be held at the High Noon Saloon (and simulcast on WORT 89.9 FM) this Saturday, featuring performances by Mash’ Allah Reggae, Roots Collective, and many more.  All contributions–large or small–will make a difference.  100% of the money raised will go to Partners In Health.  We sincerely hope you’ll consider making a much-needed donation to this cause.

Read on to get the details on this week’s shows.

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Listen To Hacienda’s Live Session For NPR


Those rock ‘n’ roll boys from Texas make their return to Madison’s High Noon Saloon next Thursday, January 28th to perform with El Valiente and Jeremiah Nelson (tickets here — only $5).  If you caught their red-hot set last time, you’ll no doubt be frothing at the mouth for more.  If you haven’t heard these guys yet, NPR just posted a great live session with the band to their website.  How timely!  Check it out here, and grab a free download from Hacienda (and others) here.

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