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MP3 Hank Plank and the 2x4s - Planks of Grass

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MP3 Hank Plank and the 2
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Novelty country and folky mellow town music.

26 MP3 Songs
COUNTRY: Traditional Country, COUNTRY: Country Folk

Matt Donahue (drums) had the great idea to start Hank Plank and the 2x4s in the fall of 1996. They were young then. Mark Yokoyama (guitar) had just been dumped from a truly disastrous relationship and was, I suppose, vulnerable at the time. I think Ben Herzog (bass) was just naive. At any rate, they proceeded to drink a lot of beers and write a lot of songs and play for their friends around Boston.

The friends clapped, but not enough and they moved to Portland, Oregon in the fall of 1997. It was wet and they practiced a lot and drank a lot of beers. They were joined by a series of musicians playing various stringed instruments who eventually left town including Juliana 'Pro-Style' Trivers, who saves a little grace for them on the CD you're about to read about and the notoriously good natured Billy what's-his-face. In the summer of 1998 they recorded in a little studio for a couple days and released a CD entitled Ridin' Shotgun on the Bandwagon. They also went on a short tour of California and did some swimming. They bought really big novelty foam cowboy hats and became very attached to them.

Currently Hank Plank and the 2x4s is a five piece band with Ben Brooks (called Bjorn to avoid confusion) on fiddle, and Tom Niebrzydowski on banjo. Shortly after completing their second album, Venus Hair Trap, Matt Donahue left to New York with Juliana and David LyBarger started drumming with the boys. They have been playing endless gigs around Portland for the last couple years, and have ventured on tour again to California, Arizona and Nevada. Venus Hair Trap is now available, showcasing their remarkable improvements in musicianship and songwriting. They are also trying to decide whether to describe their music as postmodern roots country, or country "to the extreme!" They are seeking a soft drink sponsorship. They have lightsuits, but it used to be about the music. They proudly accepted the self-awarded "Portland, Oregon Devo of Country Music Award." They believe our children are our future. If they don't make it big, they will start a Christian rock band called Dr. God.

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