EVENT PAGE: Robert Earl Keen at The Wilma 1/16/17
The Hasslers Duo consists of Singer/Songwriter Matt Hassler and multi-instrumentalist/songwriter Owen Thayer. Hassler and Thayer made their mark in the Missoula music scene with Americana group the Hasslers, and while they are now based in Seattle, they stay true to their roots, playing MT festivals like Red Ants Pants Festivals and Whitefish Trail Hootenanny, and continually writing and recording music inspired by an agricultural upbringing in Central and Western Montana.
“(The Hasslers are) An impressively smooth fusion of country, indie-pop and folk; they’re so adept at handling the genre mashing that it’s hard to pick out exactly where one stops and the other starts.
Even though the songwriting and instrumentals are brilliant, Matt Hassler’s vocal performances are even more stellar. He has the sort of lithe, evocative voice that can sell any line, whether it’s a wisecrack, a confession, or an observation. By the end of the album, I felt like I was friends with him- both through his lyrical candor and his precise, careful delivery, he worked his way into my heart. It’s a remarkable album-long performance that should not go overlooked; rarely are artists able to capture this level of quality over a whole album.” -Stephen Carradini, Independent Clauses