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Mumlers: "Red River Hustle"

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The Mumlers: 'Red River Hustle'

The Mumlers: 'Red River Hustle'

Mumlers: "Red River Hustle"

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The Mumlers are a 7-piece acoustic group from San Jose, Calif. making cozy tunes rooted in early blues, jazz and folk. hide caption

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The Mumlers are a 7-piece acoustic group from San Jose, Calif. making cozy tunes rooted in early blues, jazz and folk.

The Mumlers are a 7-piece group from San Jose, Calif. with a love for loose, jangling rhythms and easy melodies. Despite the group's size, it's an intimate sound with a comfortable mix of accordions, gently strummed guitars and muted horns that borrow elements from early blues, jazz and folk. The Mumlers have just released their debut CD, Tickets and Stitches.

Like many of the tracks, "Red River Hustle" has a dark under current with tales of lonely hearts and lonely towns inhabited by the ghosts of what might have been. The lyrical musings of songwriter Will Sprott are enchanting with clever turns.

The Mumlers get their name from William Mumler, a 19th century engraver from Boston who started the "spirit photography" craze, telling customers he could capture images of their deceased loved ones.

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