"One listen to Bull Halsey throws the rock-n-roll mind into reverse, to a time when young British kids like The Yardbirds, The Animals, and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers were teaching other Brits (and Americans) how much the Delta blues had an impact on rock music. This isn't today's disposable garage-rock re-hash, this is a textbook from Music Appreciation, and class is in session."
- Matt Mertha, The Red Butlers
"...next song up is another hold over request from last week, called the Guv'ness. A man calls after the song ends. He wants me to play it again. I say will do. He says now. I say next week. He huffs and asks, "would you call it Rockabilly, Blues, or Rockabilly-Blues?" And as I wondered what button to push next he said, "It's just real music and that's why you should play it now."
- Excerpt from Vern Smith's Motown Hoedown - CJAM 91.5 FM
Dress sharp. Play the blues. That's where it started. That's where Bull Halsey began; heavily influenced by giants like Howlin' Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, and jump blues legend Hollywood Fats. They set about creating some of their own 'here and now' much as their inspirations had done, with a feverish reverence for the past and a desire to distill everything that had ever inspired them into something simple, honest, and indestructible.
Entering the studio for the first time on February 11th, 2007. Bull Halsey would attempt to capture a little 'here and now'. They settled themselves into the Tempermill determined to reproduce what their live show had become after 6 years of playing, listening, and arguing. David Feeny (Blanche / American Mars) would engineer the session and go about setting up the space. An old Valco amplifier for the vocals, and a forest of room mics to capture the manic, live feel they were looking for. A song was suggested and it was time to roll tape.
There it was, a little 'Here and Now'. Three musicians making music in the same room. Feeding off each other. Supporting each other. Everything bleeding into everything; a dangerous glorious mess. An individual voice created from the interaction of these three musicians.
If they couldn't get the feel right by the third take, it was time to move on. The formula seemed to work. Songs like 'Sitting on Top of the World', 'I am', and 'The Mission' were all first takes and some of the strongest tracks on the album. Everything was there; first try.
The Bull Halsey session started that day would eventually become the album you are holding now. Hot Dry Work is a chance to hear this band and all the surprises it can bring. During that day’s session, Bull Halsey would put down 12 tracks. The last track added would be the previously released Guv'ness from Bull Halsey's first album The Mighty Fist of Joe Frazier. A day well spent at the Tempermill. A day of capturing the 'Here and Now'. That's Hot Dry Work.
- Mark Tempers Jr.