Ha Ha Tonka, out of Springfield, Missouri, will be appearing on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations on March 28. (This is the same Travel Channel guru who said Oklahoma Joe's was one of the top 13 places one should eat before dying.) We caught up with Ha Ha Tonka's drummer, Lennon Bone, about the episode:
We filmed the thing just after Christmas and spent the whole day with Tony and his crew. The way I understand it, the episode is mostly based around Daniel Woodrell, the author of Winter's Bone. He currently lives in West Plains where three out of four of us grew up. We just hung out with everybody, doing things we did when we were kids in the Ozarks. Grilled out, shot guns, played cards ... drank a bit of moonshine. It was a blast, and Mr. Bourdain was truly a gentleman.
We got the gig when one of the show's producers asked Langhorne Slim if he knew of any bands from the Ozarks. We had toured with Slim last year, and he thought we would be the perfect fit. Whether or not we lived up to that, I guess we'll see. I haven't seen a lick of the episode yet. We tend to get pretty silly when the cameras are in front of us.
We also checked in with Bone about SXSW:
SXSW was easily the best we've ever had. I think, by the time it was all said and done, we played 12 times. Insanity. The shows were really well-attended, and people were very, very kind. We spent a couple of days in Austin afterward to avoid traffic, get some sleep and play some chicken shit bingo. It was the perfect recovery.