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Bill Payne lends a helping hand on the Hooligans new release

“Beggars and Thieves”

Bozeman, Montana based band Hooligans is pleased to announce the release
of its debut recording BEGGARS and THIEVES. Produced by Little Feat
founder/keyboardist Bill Payne and Vootie Productions’ Tom Garnsey, the
nine song recording features original material co-written by Garnsey and
Payne, guitarist Bob Britten and late Hooligans guitarist David Troy, as well
as a couple of carefully chosen covers from Richard Thompson and Natalie
Merchant and a reworking of the Appalachian folk ballad “Katy Cruel”. Of
special significance is "7th Daughter" one of sixteen songs co-written by Bill
Payne and legendary Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter this past year.
The record also features guest spots from Tim O'Brien on fiddle, New
Orleans’ own Spencer Bohren on lap steel, Jimmy Lange on keyboards,
reggae great Pato Banton on vocals and Alison Garnsey on backing vocals.
Beggars and Thieves comfortably and seamlessly straddles several genres of
music from rock to blues, reggae to folk and Americana, all filtered through
decades of live performance to create a rootsy sound unique to Hooligans.

Beggars and Thieves was recorded over a couple of weeks in the fall of 2012
at Yellowstone House, an 1870's log home on the banks of the Yellowstone
River, with the towering Absaroka- Beartooth mountains looming over the
proceedings and chicken burritos on the grille. The tracks were recorded and
engineered by Grammy Award winner Cornell "Doc" Wiley, a Bozeman
resident whose work includes U2, Prince, and Whitney Houston. Mastering
for Beggars and Thieves was completed by multiple Grammy winner Gavin
Lurssen at Lurssen Mastering whose credits include Robert Plant/Alison
Krauss's Raising Sand, The Who, Elton John, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton
and Phish, to list but a few.

Hooligans core lineup has been intact since the early 1990’s and includes
Rich Robiscoe on bass, Tom Garnsey on guitars/vocals, Betsy Wise on
vocals, Ron Craighead on drums/vocals, and Bob Britten on electric
guitar/vocals. More recently the addition of Tom Murphy on
mandolin/vocals and legendary keyboardist/vocalist Bill Payne (Little Feat,
Bonnie Raitt, Bob Seger, Paul Simon, James Taylor) have upped the musical
ante and broadened the band’s sound. The significance of Payne’s
contribution to the recording as the producer/keyboardist/singer and cowriter
cannot be underestimated. Payne brings over 40 years of performance,
production and recording skills to the table and they clearly are evident in
the finished product Beggars and Thieves.
Genre-bending flexibility has provided countless opportunities for Hooligans
to share the stage with some of Americas finest: The Band, Burning Spear,
The Wailers, Michael Franti, Rodney Crowell, Dave Mason, String Cheese
Incident, Widespread Panic, Inner Circle, Alabama Shakes, Sonny Landreth,
JJ Cale, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, Charlie Musselwhite, John Mayall’s
Bluesbreakers, Toots and the Maytals, Leftover Salmon, Black Uhuru,
David Bromberg and many more!

Beggars and Thieves is available:, iTunes, and

Interview requests/publicity contact:
[email protected] or call 406-586-1922



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