BORN: Rebecca: Boston, MA; Ken: New York, NY
RESIDES: West Townshend, VT
PLAYING SINCE: 1997
After more than a decade of world-wide touring and three album releases, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson--otherwise known as the folk duo Hungrytown--have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting: “It’s great to hear an act eschew sentimentality in favor of honesty and to prove that you don’t have to go raiding the memory of others to find the stuff that really good songs are made of,” writes Jedd Beaudoin of Popmatters.
Lyricist Rebecca Hall is credited with compositions “that sound as timeless as any traditional songs” (Northern Sky, UK) while producer/multi-instrumentalist/husband Ken Anderson is lauded for his “remarkable affinity for instrumental embellishment” (No Depression) and for crafting Hungrytown’s “gorgeous vocal harmonies” (Folk and Roots, UK).
Hungrytown's introduction to folk music came when a close friend--who died young due to a tragic misdiagnosis--entrusted to them her collection of 1960s folk albums and her guitar (which has since been featured on all of their albums). Inspired by the grit and true-to-life experiences she heard in these traditional ballads, Hall was inspired to write the lyrics that later became her first songs, aided by Anderson’s flair for musical arrangement. Soon afterwards, Hall released two solo albums, Sings! (1999) and Sunday Afternoon (2002), both produced by Anderson. In the winter of 2003, the duo quit their boring desk jobs, moved to the green hills of Vermont, and decided to pursue a full-time career as touring musicians.
They released their first CD, Hungrytown, in 2008; Any Forgotten Thing in 2011; and Further West in 2015. The couple continue to spend more than half of each year on the road, especially roads in North America, Europe and New Zealand. Hungrytown's music has received extensive radio airplay worldwide and has appeared on several television shows, including Comedy Central's The Daily Show, IFC's Portlandia and Netflix's Lady Dynamite.
Hungrytown is an official Martin Guitar String Patrol artist.
West Townshend, VT
Hungrytown Gothic II
1: What artist would you most love to work with?
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
3: What was the worst advice?
When we were first starting out, the common wisdom was that one should try to play the biggest clubs on the circuit, and do lots of opening slots. We found this to be nonsense.
4: What was your first concert?
Our first concert was at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City, where we were invited to perform by Laura Cantrell, host of Radio Thrift Shop.
5: What/where is the best road food?
Smokey's BBQ in Cordele, GA.
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
David Olney once told us that we are obligated as songwriters to "throw the small ones back." We like the fishing analogy.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?