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You can hear the Howlin' at Crossings

The Howlin' Brothers play 7:30 p.m. Tuesday May 28 at Crossings in Zumbrota.

The Howlin' Brothers are a Nashville-based band that likes to keep one foot in tradition -- and use the other to kick it right out the door.

Incorporating bluegrass rhythms into their music, these Ithaca College graduates say their music is better described as Americana.

Perhaps because they veer frequently into old-time, country-blues and even Dixieland jazz territory, vocalist/upright bassist/banjo player Ben Plasse noted, "I think we're more willing to take risks with arrangements and style. We're not afraid to do anything we can pull off that that we think is groovy."

The Howlin' Brothers are not siblings -- or even relatives. None of them raised in the foothills of the Smokies or the Blue Ridge Mountains.

They met at college and after graduation they hung around Ithaca, N.Y., scraping by with house-painting jobs before deciding they might as well try their luck in Nashville. That was in 2005.

They've been making music full time for three years now and previously self-released four albums. "Howl" was released on Brendan Benson's Readymade Records label (through Thirty Tigers) on March 5.

Tickets are $14 in advance, $16 day of show. To reserve tickets, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Avenue in Zumbrota. For more information, visit

At a glance ...

What: The Howlin' Brothers

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday May 28

Where: Crossings at Carnegie, 320 East Ave., Zumbrota

Cost: $14 in advance, $16 at the door

More info: 507-732-7616 or