The Pine Hill Haints

The Pine Hill Haints

The Pine Hill Haints

Ghost Dance


The Pine Hill Haints’ brand of Alabama holler country might seem, on the surface, to be an odd inclusion on Calvin Johnson’s lo-fi twee-pop heavy label K Records, but a little digging into the band’s sound reveals songsmith Jamie Barrier as a good, uncomplicated pop writer. Keeping things in the dawn of the 20th Century, The Haints’ driving sound is a hootenanny complete with washtub bass, washboard percussion, and singing saw melodies. There are some unfortunate tendencies to turn their ramshackle sound into acoustic versions of Irish punk sing-a-longs (“Garden of the Dead”), but at its best Ghost Dance recalls the rolling rocksteady train rhythm that Johnny Cash made famous (“Spirit of 1812”) or the dust-scored anthologizing of Harry Smith (“Ol’ White Thang Blues”). Not too shabby for the 21st Century.

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