Happy Goat Band defies description

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – Why, yes, the Happy Goat Band has its own live goat.
It also has a loud, rowdy, Southern rock-country sound. What else does a band need?
The Happy Goat Band – made up of members Happy, Goat and Johnny Hammer – just released its first album.
Growing up
Goat and Happy have played in cover bands across the region for more than 30 years, and formed the Happy Goat Band a while back to try their hands at originals.
Their originals were “sweeping anthems and big songs,” Happy said, but they needed a little guidance. Armed with Johnny Hammer, Kitty Wells’ grandson, as the band’s new lead singer, the band reworked its sound.
“We cut the songs down to three-and-a-half, four minutes, put the hook in them, snazzed it up,” Happy said. “We went to Nashville and grew up.”
In the Music City, the band cut its album, “Hammerbilly,” full of the band’s signature sound.
“The best way to describe it is alt-country, but it’s not country. It’s alt-hot rockin’-county-rock,” Happy said. “It draws from many sources. It’s a hybrid; it defies description.”
Live wire
The Happy Goat Band’s live show is pure entertainment, Happy said.
“It’s high-octane, high-energy rock ‘n’ roll,” he said.
Not only that, but the band’s goat, Sweetie, will be on the premises for “petting and pictures,” Happy said.
A goat, a new album and gigs – the Happy Goat Band has it made. Still, the group is always looking ahead.
“We have big hopes,” Happy said. “We hope to go global.”

Music Mix
What: Happy Goat Band
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 23
Where: Link Centre
Cost: $10, $5/students
Info: (662) 690-4011

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