Since releasing a self-titled debut in 2008, fiery blues duo The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer have become fest faves, earned multiple Maple Blues Awards nominations, and had tracks placed in hit TV series like Blue Bloods and The Good Wife. Look for third album A Real Fine Mess to push them even further. Axeman/drummer (and producer) Matthew Rogers and singer/harpist Shawn Hall have a gritty primal sound, one beefed up here by female backing vocals, keyboards and four horn players. Their all-original compositions manage to sound both classic and fresh, no mean feat. This is one real fine mess you'll be glad you got into!
The duo play festivals across the country over the next three months. Go to the band's website for details.