American Babies. American Folk. $8 adv/$10 door
Since 2007, American Babies has been the mouthpiece for Philadelphia based musician Tom Hamilton. After spending the early 2000s building a national fan base fronting the electro-rock band Brothers Past, releasing two critically acclaimed albums, and averaging 150 shows a year, a change was in order. “Musically, I wanted to get back to the basics” he explains, “Get the song right, first. Then worry about the live show and how the music opens up from there.”
Hamilton went back to his roots, rediscovering the Outlaw Country, Motown, and Grateful Dead records he grew up with, and assembled a pool of musicians to pull from for recording sessions and live performances. After two full-length LPs, an EP, and three years of touring, the American Babies are hitting their stride. The live band has been solidified with David Butler(Lee “Scratch” Perry) on drums, Adam Flicker (The Brakes) on keys, and Nick Bockrath(Nico’s Gun) on bass. The band has shared the bill with numerous like minded acts such asDerek Trucks, Sheryl Crow, Umphrey’s McGee, Railroad Earth, and The National to name a few.