HKT summertime tour does an Irish goodbye but I think we'll be seeing him again

Our brief but eventful summertime tour in the Northeast ended as planned, yet it still felt sudden.  I'll leave the completed dates on our tour page so you can see exactly where we were, Mom.  When the week began, Brittany and I had come from a fiddle camp in the redwoods of Mount Shasta, California, while Jordan had already been in the area at Berkshire Summer Strings.  We each had a headful of tunes. With an old J45 for Brittany to play from the venerable Mr. Samuel Stambler and an illustrious merchandise seller in tow, we careened along the various parkways and interstates of New England (with a dip into New York City, where I welcomed a new decade of living and sang "Hold Watcha Got" with Sheriff Bob, The Sheriff of Good Times), just sweating in our seats and rollin with it.  In Portsmouth, across the Piscataqua from our nations oldest naval shipyard, a party of 5 year old princesses pirouetted in front of the stage as a liner drifted by.  Within the walls of a church turned Salvation Army turned art gallery in Rockland, Maine, Annie Bailey recited from memory a long story-poem about the collision of midnight fishing and vodka.  We were winding down after having played in front of scythe mic stands while Ekaterina Sknarina burlesqued inside of a snowglobe at the new Salt Stage festival.  The legendary "Brighton House" and its current tenants, our musical friends who happened to be home, offered some familiar comfort for a couple of nights.  Jordan and Brittany drove to Ossippee and I returned the rental car, hopped on a plane, and went home.

The end.


photo by Jody March



"Sally?? Is that you?!"


A quick debriefing is in order because it's been awhile.  I hardly recognize you.

All three of us now live in Nashville, TN.  We started moving down about a year ago.  We live within eight blocks of each other.  

The Dave Rawlings Machine released "Nashville Obsolete" in September, and we're all featured on the album along with Gillian Welch and Willie Watson.  Britt and I have been touring behind the album.

Jordan is working on a solo album.  Keep your eyes peeled for that.

Britt is heading to Africa soon to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.  It's part of a charity project to raise money for a local school for women and orphans.  You can donate here.

Now that we have debriefed, it's on to the main point for this "Haas Kowert Tice" newsletter.  We have been working on music for a new album.  As our website's home page suggests, "things are a-brewin'."  They have been for quite some time, actually.  That's the secret to a good, strong brew.  You can't just throw some ingredients together and expect balance, it needs TIME for the various parts to meld with each other, to become one.  You see, some people just wao ay qui c f

We'll play the bulk of the new material at Bongo Java's "After Hours Theater" in Nashville on February 26th, and we'll record the album in March, with an official release soon thereafter.  

Best to you all,



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This post now belongs in the annals of HKT "News."


by Paul Kowert, February 2014

We're 27 now.  We met each other when we were about 20 at various musical gatherings (festivals, camps).  Hearing and playing with each other was quite a thrill, and we instantly liked hanging out as well.  Brittany was at Princeton, I was in Philly at Curtis, and Jordan was at Towson in Maryland... and had a car.  Jordan would pick me up (the bass rides shotgun in a sedan) and we'd head out to Princeton to crash Britt's dorm room (we were surprised to find tom quads for her school's marching band there).  Among our first gigs were a Princeton fundraising event and a (newly created) Curtis Square Dance.  

When graduation time came, Britt joined the band Crooked Still, I joined Punch Brothers, and Jordan moved to Boston where there were many people to collaborate with and write for.  We continued playing together in different combinations (Jordan's 2012 record "The Secret History" features me and Simon Chrisman, Brittany's 2012 record with Dan Trueman "Criss Cross" features Jordan, etc), but it wasn't until early 2013 that we reconvened as a trio.  We started by playing the tunes that we used to play, and a lot of Jordan's material that he had written when we first met (stuff that ended up on "The Secret History").  We jumped in Britt's mom's car for a west coast tour, Jordan's parents' car for an east coast tour,  and trains for gigs around NYC.  It quickly became clear that we needed to write new material and make a new record, so we started putting blocks in the calendar to stay in Brooklyn and work on new music together, rather than hit the road and make some cash.  We're glad we did. 

"You Got This" includes two tracks written by Brittany, two by me, and five by Jordan, although none of the tracks would be anywhere near the same without the collaboration.  We pitched in on each others' writing and arranging each in our own different way.  The result is a rich and varied sound and a strong presence from each individual. 

This story leaves out a lot of beer drunk, bass cases slept-on, late drives from Boston to NYC, and general goofing off.  More on that later.

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Midwest and West Coast Tours, the Future...

Well, it seems that "You Got This" is pretty much grown up now.  Some of you were there during its prenatal days in 2013, when it was played live at house concerts across the nation.  Many of you were there when the finished album first saw the light of day last February.  By now, it's been to Ireland and Scotland, where it took an overnight ferry ride to appear at the UK's most northerly folk festival in Shetland. It's been to the Four Corners Folk Fest, Grand Targhee Festival, Freshgrass Festival, Ossipee Valley Music Festival, and to small clubs throughout the East coast.  It's been to towns of all sizes across the nation through people's car radios playing the local folk station.  We're closing out the year by playing in the Midwest and the West coast this November and December, respectively.

We've had a blast seeing this music through.  We have a new page that shares some of the press our shows and the album have generated.   

A most sincere thanks to everyone who booked us, reviewed the album, told a friend, bought the album, and/or came to a show.

We have a good start on the next batch.  You might hear some of it this fall, before we resume writing in hibernation from the road.  We look forward to sharing an entire album of new music with you soon.

Brittany, Paul and Jordan



"You Got This" is released today!

We're excited that today is the official release date of "You Got This."  We have some shows beginning in about a week in the Northeast to celebrate (and garner critical attention), and we've replenished our supply of hard copies to bring along.  See our tour page for those, and there will be more dates posted there soon...