Hillbilly boogie trio keeps on rockin’ in style

The Susquehanna Industrial Tool and Die Co., from left, Garth Powell, Michael McMahon, Sara Bender and Jon Hammer performing at Otto’s Shrunken Head around Halloween. Photos by Bob Krasner

BY BOB KRASNER | Walk into Otto’s Shrunken Head on the last Thursday of any month, sit down in the back room at a small table, and have yourself some “salty snacks.” Then be prepared to be seriously entertained — at 8 o’clock sharp — by three identically clad gentlemen who love playing their music so much that they do it for free, as they’ve been doing continuously in this room for the last ten years.

They call themselves the Susquehanna Industrial Tool and Die Co. (more about that later) and they play “hillbilly boogie, which is a sort of proto-rockabilly,” according to rhythm guitarist Jon Hammer. Upright bassist Garth Powell hesitates to describe the band — which has no drummer —…

Original published: 2019-01-10 05:13:45 Read the full New York City News here


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