LARA HOPE AND THE ARK-TONES : Love You To life
Eleven brand new Roots Rock n' Roll, Rockabilly, & Rhythm & Blues tracks from New York's Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones!
Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Female Rockabilly Artist, and named the “Best Up-And-Coming Band” by Hudson Valley Magazine, Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones are New York’s premier roots rock n’ roll, rockabilly, rhythm & blues outfit. The Ark-Tones are releasing their 2nd full length album, entitled Love You to Life, out August 11th, and they will be hitting the road, spreading the gospel of American music wherever they go. Describing their sound, Hope explained to Rockabilly Online “I would say we are a new take on an old sound. It’s been described as ‘pan-americana’ which means we use many areas of early rock and roots music as a creative launchpad. Where it goes from there is anyone’s guess, because while we appreciate old music, we don’t want to write songs that have already been written.
They’ve built a great network of venues in the US by touring heavily, and like many American bands, they have gained supportive fans and excellent press overseas as well. Hope was featured on the cover of UK Rock n’ Roll magazine in March 2015, and New York’s Ulster Magazine in March 2016. The band has shared the stage with many larger acts including Tiger Army, Dick Dale, and America, and has performed at at a variety of festivals including Viva Las Vegas, Ink n Iron, and The Nashville Boogie.
Born from a hybrid of Lara’s former rockabilly band The Champtones, and upright bassist Matt’s international psychobilly act, The Arkhams, The Ark-Tones hit the ground running in 2012 and haven’t slowed down since. Lara and Matt also perform as a duo (The Gold Hope Duo), and can even be found as the country/western entertainers at the one of longest running family resorts in New York, the Rocking Horse Ranch, performing under the name Lara and the Hope'Alongs. Lara got her start in musical theater at a young age and caught the bug, starting to write original songs in high school. After honing her skills at open mic nights, Lara formed her first band in 2004, and she was hooked on rock n’ roll from that point on. In 2017, Lara Hope won the Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Female Rockabilly Artist, accepting the award at The Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas, surrounded by musical heroes. The band is also known for their visually arresting videos - “Whiskey Pick” (from their debut album) and “I’m the One” (re-recorded for the new album) were official selections in the 2014 and 2016 Woodstock Film Festival.
Side A :
01. Fast, Cheap, or Well Done
02. Love You To Life
03. Callin' My Name
04. 'Til The Well Runs Dry
05. I'm Yours
06. Dr. Bartender
Side B :
01. This Is What I've Got
02. I'm The One
03. Working Man's Tools
04. Luckiest Girl In Town (The Wedding Song)
05. Hotel Yorba