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More music plays to Houndmouth's benefit

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Matt Myers and the rest of Houndmouth are finding out that having a second album makes musical life, at least when it comes to play shows, twice as fun.

"Oh yeah, it makes the shows a whole lot better to be able to play off a first record AND a second record," Myers, 27, says by phone from the group's tour bus on its way to a show in Kansas City. "There's more variety and more dynamics and just more stuff we can do to make the shows different for us and for the people who came to see us before."

For its latest tour, Americana quartet from Indiana has also added pair of saxophone players to the lineup, an outgrowth of some soul tribute shows Myers did in Louisville. "We've been touring behind (2015's) 'Little Neon LImelight' for about a year now, so it's coming to the time where we have to change it up 'cause we were playing so many shows," Myers explains. "We want it to be a different take for people who saw us the first time around. They're on almost every song so it's really added something to the shows."

The time spent on the road has helped Myers and his bandmates get a bit of perspective on "Little Neon Limelight" 13 months after its release. Myers contends the group has was no specific creative mission going into the album, but he's pleased with the growth and expanded range Houndmouth exhibits through the set. And he's particularly heartened that the opening track, "Sedona," actually got some radio play when the album came out.

"I was actually surprised that was the track that got taken to radio," he says now. "It's just this rambling story about how they used to film westerns in Sedona and then L.A. took over the film industry. It's just this random story. And it turns out it was one of the summer songs of the year on the radio -- we never would have expected that, lemme tell ya."

Houndmouth and Lucy Dacus

Tuesday, April 19. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Majestic Theatre, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

Tickets are $17.

Call 313-833-9700 or visit majesticdetroit.com.

Web Site: www.majesticdetroit.com

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