Smart bets: Hank West & the Smokin’ Hots

Despite the retro sound, the frontman of Hank West & the Smokin’ Hots says his band hails from the future. “We — being time travelers — get a synopsis of the human condition over time. We use imagery from the present … to describe the peaceful future we come from,” West explains, but “within the parables we spin are sentiments that go much deeper, like human equality, cosmic peace and true romance.” Luckily, instant hooks and spunky changes of pace make the band’s theatrical take on jazz far more accessible than its backstory. These quirky musicians release their new album A Message for the Yogi — recorded at Dial Back Sound in Mississippi, per the galaxy’s recommendation — during a set at Tiger Mountain on Saturday, June 20, at 9 p.m. $10 includes a copy of the album. Image courtesy of the band

About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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