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Indie rock band Ha Ha Tonka were formed in 2004 in Springfield, Missouri, by Brian Roberts (singer/guitarist), Lucas Long (bass, vocals), Brett Anderson (keyboards, guitar, vocals), and Lennon Bone (drums, vocals). Their first album as Ha Ha Tonka, Buckle in the Bible Belt, was actually a re-release from a time when they were known as Amsterband. Under that moniker, they released their debut CD, Beatchen, and toured extensively. In 2006, they followed with a second self-released album, Buckle in the Bible Belt. The next year, the quartet signed to independent Chicago-based label Bloodshot Records and decided on a name change, calling themselves Ha Ha Tonka after a state park in the Ozark Mountains in southwestern Missouri. Bloodshot re-released Buckle in the Bible Belt on September 11, 2007, as Ha Ha Tonka were in the midst of a tour of the Midwest. Novel Sounds of the Nouveau South appeared in 2009, garnering a good deal of critical praise, and was followed by Death of a Decade, produced by Kevin McMahon and the Ryantist, in 2011. The impressive and lightly orchestrated Lessons appeared in the fall of 2013. Ha Ha Tonka returned in 2017 with their fifth LP, Heart-Shaped Mountain. By this time, Lennon Bone had left the group, and Ha Ha Tonka recruited a new drummer, Mike Reilly, formerly of Hoots & Hellmouth. The group also brought aboard multi-instrumentalist James Cleare, who'd previously worked with the Spring Standard. ~ William Ruhlmann & Neil Z. Yeung
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  2.   St. Nick on the Fourth in a Fervor
  3.   Usual Suspects
  4.   Colorful Kids
  5.   Walking on the Devil's Backbone
  6.   Caney Mountain
  7.   Hold My Feet to the Fire
  8.   Made Example Of
  9.   Race to the Bottom
  10.   Cureall
  11.   Hangman
  12.   Land Beyond
  13.   Arabella
  14.   What Shepherds of These Hills?!
  15.   The Horse in Motion
  16.   Synthetic Hearts
  17.   Staring at the End of Our Lives
  18.   This Is Not a Cure for the Common Cold
  19.   Height of My Fears
  20.   Death of a Decade
  21.   Favor
  22.   Dead to the World
  23.   Dead Man's Hand
  24.   Arkansas
  25.   The Party
  26.   Telluride
  27.   Pendergast Machine
  28.   Synthetic Love
  29.   Bully in the Pulpit
  30.   Westward Bound
  31.   All With You
  32.   So Quiet, They're Loud
  33.   Surrounded
  34.   Terrible Tomorrow
  35.   Hide It Well
  36.   Jesusita
  37.   The Humorist
  38.   You Lit Up the Night
  39.   Close Every Valve to Your Bleeding Heart
  40.   Pied Pipers
  41.   Giant Strides
  42.   Problem Solver
  43.   Cold Forgiver
  44.   Lessons
  45.   Word Climbing
  46.   Prove the World Wrong
  47.   Up Nights
  48.   Gusto
  49.   The Past Has Arms
  50.   Thoreau in the Woods
  51.   Going That Way
  52.   Lonely Fortunes
  53.   No Great Harm
  54.   Rewrite Our Lives
  55.   Falling In
  56.   Everything
  57.   The Outpouring
  58.   A Siege of Sorts
  59.   1928
  60.   American Ambition
  61.   The List

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