Hot Day at the Zoo
Hot Day at the Zoo
The instruments are bluegrass (all strings). The fast-paced, finger-pickin' tunes start out sounding like bluegrass. Even the slight drawl in singer Mike Dion's voice seems like traditional bluegrass. But listen a wee bit longer and it is anything but.” Boston Globe 8/06 Together since 2003, Hot Day at the Zoo is a leading example of a younger band that found its way to traditional music through rock and roll.
“After listening to the Zoo live, you quickly get a sense that the conventions of traditional bluegrass, and its cousin old-time music, matter less to the band members than the directness and adaptability of the string band format. HDATZ creates a musical space with plenty of room for personal songwriting, musical virtuosity, hollerin’ and carryin’ on.” The Middlesex Beat 7/06 Not just a live band, Hot Day released a full-length album of original material in 2005 entitled Cool as Tuesday which has been met with nothing but rave reviews: “What a treat for the ears this disc is! Its undeniably bluegrass but with a very young feel. Songs about whiskey-drinkin Irishmen, songs of leaving and coming home, lonesome songs of heartache and women with long black hair, and of course, songs about mama. Hot Day at the Zoo has definitely got something going on here!” 168 Magazine 7/05 Hot Day at the Zoo consists of Michael Dion on guitar, harmonica and lead vocals.
Some of his songs are reminiscent of the Grateful Dead, while other songs are wails of pain for the sheer exhilarating hell of it. Imagine Tom Waits singing “She had a smile as cool as Tuesday,” and you'll understand where his blues song ‘Devil Woman’ is going. David Cleaves plays the mandolin. By listening intently to what's going on and responding with his instrument, he adds intensity to the music at all times.
Jon Cumming picks banjo (formerly on dobro). His soloing seems to be more about following sound where it leads than displaying a lightning technique in strict time. And Mr. Jed Rosen is on the upright bass.
Animated and playful where the others are soulful and earnest, Rosen adds high harmonies, low harmonies, and a bit of country corn to the proceedings. All in all, Hot Day at the Zoo embodies what it means to put down your trouble for a while and get caught up in a laid-down groove that’s sure to bring a smile to your face and a sway to your hips… Good Times!!! Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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