Ha Ha Tonka makes its first appearance on today's Mountain Stage, recorded at the campus of Ohio University in Athens, with a set that features songs from the band's newest album, Death of a Decade. Taking its name from a state park in its members' native southeastern Missouri, the group was recently featured on the Ozarks episode of the Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.
Ha Ha Tonka's sound pays homage to traditional folk and roots music while mixing in power-pop melodies and vocals. The group's instrumentation is primarily acoustic, and arguably integrates the mandolin more effectively than any rock band since Out of Time-era R.E.M. Still, during the show, Ha Ha Tonka's members put their instruments aside for "Hangman," a traditional a cappella number featuring four-part harmonies.
Ha Ha Tonka is followed by Juile Adams and the Mountain Stage band, with her take on Steve Earle's "Halo 'Round the Moon."
This segment originally aired on November 22, 2011.