The Haggard Kings came to the Brooklyn Country Studio and spoke with host Scott Dennis for the month of May. The Haggard Kings are a new band that has been tearing it up along the Brooklyn Country scene with their classic country inspired honky-tonk But though this band is new, these kids are hardly without experience. The band consists of former members of the Lindy Loo’s Country Cousins, Millers Farm and Gowanus Corral. They are seasoned veterans who have been around the block and know their way around a fretboard. Despite the talent, these guys keep it true and play for the song. As the band likes to say, it’s simply good music from a simpler time.
- Scott Dennis
By Matt Phillips of the Dirt Floor Revue
A man visits his father at a VA Hospital in East Orange, N.J. A Hollywood director revives the career of a washed-up country singer by putting the performer's one song in his newest picture. A woman dances a waltz while smoking a cigar.
Scott Dennis builds songs the right way. With the chorus as the cornerstone, the story sucks you in. The beat drives you forward. Details pop the characters and locales—Baja Mexico, Coney Island, the mysterious Bello—into three dimensions.
Long a mainstay of the Brooklyn Country scene—first as the drummer for seminal Brooklyn outfit Gowanus Corral and currently as frontman for The Dirt Floor Revue—Dennis' latest release, Rearranging Furniture, showcases his formidable song-writing chops as well as his gritty guitar playing and technical prowess.
He recorded, mixed and mastered the recordings at his Cambridge Place Studios. And he played nearly all the instruments, though current and former bandmates Christian Smythe—Gowanus Corral, currently of the Haggard Kinds—and Glenn Spivack—Dirt Floor Revue, Haggard Kings—lend hands on electric guitar and slide guitar, respectively. Robert Burman plays piano on two tracks as well.
Dennis wears his influences proudly. And you can't help but hear liberal doses of John Prine, Johnny Cash, Gram Parsons, Dylan and Doc Watson in his lyrics, tunes and guitar playing. But judging from Dennis' head-on style, honest musicianship, that's the way he'd want it.