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Tally Ho

by Oatmeal for the Foxhounds

Earth-based acoustic guitars, foot-powered tamborines, and vocals with an edge.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Aint Been My Day
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2. Girls
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3. I Got You All Over Me
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4. Centerville, Ia. USA
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5. We Love You
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Album Notes
Oatmeal for the Foxhounds was formed in October 2000 by Banastre Tarleton and long-time associate David McGowan.
The Foxhounds are tight, extremely entertaining, and a must see for those who like their music au naturel. Two earth-based guitars, vocals with an edge, and a couple of foot-powered tambourines. Their song list includes everything from Johnny Cash to Green Day plus some tasty originals. O4TF has made a name for itself as one of the top acoustic acts in the Midwest, playing a heavy schedule of concerts, club dates, and private parties. In the fall of 2002 Oatmeal for the Foxhounds offered their fans a double-live CD, LIVE SOUNDBLASTER BOOTLEG, and a follow up album, LIVE IN HARTSBURG, was made available in May 2003. A new studio CD, titled TALLY HO, was officially released by Green Horse Records in March 2005 and contains five of the duo's original songs.


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this disc is great fun
Tally Ho
(Green Horse Records 05)

Musicianship 9 out of 10
What can I say? The guitar pickin' on this disc is GREAT! From the first strum to end of the (too short) CD, I had great fun listening to these two guys play. Both Banastre & David McGowan perfect complimentary guitar playing and fun vocals are a treat to the ears! I loved the stripped down guitar playing which seemed DEAD ON to me and interesting! If this is how these guys sound when they tour, no wonder their All You Need Is Love tour is such a great asset for those who are ill to hear! There is a scripture that says that a merry heart doeth good like a medicine and their music definitely makes you happy and it does make you feel good!

What I also liked about the disc was that there weren't a lot of other instruments to distract from the raw acoustic feel. Banastre's voice is edgy so you don't get bored listening at all.

Songwriting - 10 out of 10

Here is where I really got a kick out of this duo. The interesting sound of the guitars together, the campy & fun lyrics the way they created their own unique style that isn't like any other thing I have heard by Banastre on other projects. You can tell on this arrangement collaboration that Tarleton and McGowan have played together for a long time. Excellent.

Sound Quality/Professionalism - 10 out of 10

The sound quality on this disc is also excellent. After hearing that they were going for that old AM radio sound I was excited to hear it. (I was a huge Chicago WLS fan back in the 70s when they played rock!) HOWEVER, I have to say, they didn't quite accomplish their goal on the songs, other than one little blurb before (Centerville, IA. USA). The quality on this disc (and their sound) is still much too clear and good to sound like old AM radio! Hmmm maybe old FM? Very professional disc.

Packaging - 8 out of 10

The packaging was okay. I loved the artwork. I liked the definition of Tally Ho in the sleeve. The only thing that was lacking for me was the lyrics! Why weren't they included? (Sorry, but it is a pet peeve of mine!) Not that I couldn't understand the lyrics - that was easy. (I Got You All Over Me) made me blush and laugh but, it sometimes is good to see it all penned out, too.

Favorite Tracks
Aint Been My Day
I Got You All Over Me
We Love You

Overall Rating 9.5+++ out of 10

When I first heard Tally Ho I was sitting at my desk and I wasn't sure what I was getting ready to listen to. I have heard some of Banastre Tarleton's other discs and although I liked them, they weren't my favorite style of music and I was prepared to dismiss this disc as just a throw back to 80s rock of some sort. I know, one should NEVER dismiss something without hearing it first nor should anyone base their music preferences on what others say - that's right, reviewers may steer you in the wrong direction! ALWAYS listen for yourself! Anyway, after the first strum I was HOOKED on this disc.

This disc is great fun. Banastre and David must truly enjoy performing together because you can hear it on this disc - like a marriage of talent - complimentary, give and take and when it is done right, it can last a lifetime. Let's hope Oatmeal for the Foxhounds have years and years of creative fun together so they can share that joy with the rest of us! Jen Lush, Midwestbands.com, 6/5/05

Windy City Music Gazette

the songs on this cd are absolute jewels
Windy City Music Gazette
Rock Nixon's Insider Magazine for the Recording Industry

Album Reviews

Let me make this perfectly clear. Banastre Tarleton is one of the more talented and hardworking musicians in the Midwest. Of this there is no doubt. I know because I've followed this guy's rollercoaster journey since the beginning. A product of the baby boomer generation, he started his career in the early 70's as a rebellious and somewhat revolutionary hard rocker in a colorful band called Triphammer. Outlandish costumes, on-stage theatrics, and ear-splitting chords were the major ingredients. He went on to form his own group, Banastre Tarleton Band, and continued to rock his way through the 80's and 90's. His first album, "Electric Women,"(released in 1980) was a modest success on the college scene, but follow up recordings, with the exception of the singles "She's My Favorite Girl;" (reached Billboard Top 40), "Cruisin;" (Cash Box/Indie Focus Top 10) and "Eye For An Eye;" (#1 in Costa Rica of all places) were not as successful. For some musicians these accomplishments alone would seem like a decent resume, but Banastre Tarleton had been forecast as one of those "can't miss" superstar types and that status was never fully realized. BTB released a ton of material hoping to find that magic radio hit and in doing so may have lost some of its edge as well as the interest of the major label A&R types. Banastre even managed to alienate some of his own devoted fan base when he put out two pseudo-political songs with a militaristic right-wing slant. "(We Got To) Invade Grenada" and "Attack Iraq" were both clever tongue-in-cheek musical comic strips in my opinion, but some of his followers didn't get it and were turned off.

When I was sent a copy of Oatmeal for the Foxhounds new release "Tally Ho" and noticed that Banastre Tarleton was a part of the duo I opened it up and expected to be disappointed again. I was wrong. I guess everybody goes back to their roots eventually and it appears the one-time Clown Prince of Power Pop has done just that. The songs on this CD are absolute jewels. The album starts off with a bang! "Aint Been My Day," a dirty lowdown blues number, has an unpredictable progression and lots of raw acoustic power. Track 2 is a Caribbean-styled pop ditty titled "Girls" that changes course in the middle section and charges straight into rock and then back again to the rhythmic chorus. The song is a splendid tribute to the fairer sex. "I Got You All Over Me" is the highlight of the CD for me with its up-tempo guitar hook and cerebral lyrics. The song will flat out have you slappin' your leg and tappin' your foot. The first time I heard it I got a rather disturbing mental picture of Beavis and Butthead in overalls doing an alternative rock jig. Hey, but that's just me - doesn't make me a criminal. Next, The Foxhounds take us on a 3 minute visit to Midwest Americana with the country-flavored "Centerville, Ia, USA" - a tune about the slow death of a small town unable to cope with big business corporate chains ("the stores uptown have all seen better days") and rising farm prices ("the farmer in the field knows he gonna go under"). The album ends with a flower power anthem simply called "We Love You". Oddly enough, a cello has found its way into this song and gives it a somewhat unique character along with the Byrds-like twelve string guitar.

Throughout the short set, the two guitars compliment each other masterfully (the lead is played by fellow Foxhound David McGowan, who played with Banastre Tarleton Band in the late 80's (yes I've done my homework, BTB fans) and the vocals are crisp, tight and delivered with an imaginative flair. The songs are edgy yet comfortable. This is an excellent, attractively-packaged CD performed by two veteran musicians. If you're looking for some acoustic-flavored ear candy, go get a copy. And let me make one more thing perfectly clear - you won't be disappointed.

Rock Nixon
Windy City Music Gazette