Tel Marker, president of CL10 Records wrote:
This great band totally encompasses the various elemental trumpet, saxophone and trombone stylings of the New Orleans brass band sound. They have a great feel for the funky backbeat that is essential to the "street beat" of the Rebirth Brass band and the Hot 8 Brass Band while still being able to serve up some great traditional flair with their renditions of the classic older styles of the Preservation Hall, Eureka and Treme Brass band. Their music spans the mournful but proud tones of a New Orleans jazz funeral to the joyful shouting brass of "Throw me somthin' mister" at a Mardi Gras party !
This recording is high fidelity and features a great performance.
Globe reporter, David Wildman wrote;
One of the most important lessons that Mickey Bones of the Hot Tamale Brass Band has learned in his years of show business he learned the hard way; If your group is performing in a parade with the Ringling Brothers elephants, you should never let them put you between the elephants and the food." Bones recounted;"The parade organizers said,'When we give you the signal, you start marching in front of the elephants and start playing.' But they were running them along at a pretty fast pace. Well... in front of us was the cornbread and the water, that was what the elephants wanted. No one told us we were going to have to run for our lives."
Rhythm and Roots Festival Wrote;
Like jalapeno, cayenne, and habanero, the Hot Tamale Brass Band have been spicing up the Rhythm and Roots Festival for several years now by playing and marching through the crowd as soon as each Main Stage show ends. Before long, this infectious New Orleans brass band has picked up a veritable parade of merrymakers who march along with them complete with Mardi Gras masks, beads, festive hats, costumes and streamers that sparkle and wave in the wind. The Hot Tamale Brass Band also lead our Mardi Gras Parade. It just would not be festival without these wonderful musicians! As Emeril would say, they kick it up a notch !