New Brown Hat
New Brown Hat came onto the 90’s music scene officially between 1992-1998. Members began playing together as early as 1986 in various groups and ensemble arrangements. Based primarily out of New York City, New Brown Hat was a part of a music scene characterized as jam band. This was not always the best characterization for the band that developed a very song-based writing style. Focused songwriting and a female front vocalist, placed them on the edge of this landscape, thus crossing over between the singer-songwriter realm, pop-music, and the improvisational live scene in which they performed. Such clubs as Wetlands Preserve, The New Music Cafe, and the Biter End, were mainstays for the band. Eventually they sold out such well-known venues as New York’s Mercury Lounge and nearly sold out Irving Plaza.
The band’s positive attitude and non-stop work ethic finally paid off in 1997 when they scored several coveted slots on that summer’s H.O.R.D.E. tour. Since 1995, the band had appeared with the likes of Government Mule, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Neil Young, Beck, Blues Traveler, Ben Folds Five, Leftover Salmon, Arrested Development, Toad the Wet Sprocket, and Kula Shaker.
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