Editors’ Notes Missouri’s Ha Ha Tonka play roots rock with plenty of Southern ancestry laced throughout. The mandolin firing from the sidelines of “Usual Suspects,” the honky-tonk feel of “Lonely Fortunes” and Brian Roberts’ Americana-inspired vocals tell the tale of a Southern Rock band that’s passionate without getting silly or pompous about it. Lennon Bone’s drums never overpower the group, but gently brush through to allow the ensemble playing to take center stage. “Made Example Of” has beautifully loose harmonies that sound as if the band could be the scrappy kid brother to the Jayhawks. “Jesusita” traces spiritual concerns with a strong wordless call. Brett Anderson’s guitar picking keeps a bit of the back porch on the records, while the band sound like the Calvary coming over the mountain. “Dead Man’s Hand” has a forlorn lope and a sweet sound. “Death of a Decade” throws electric guitars on top to spike up the drama. Ha Ha Tonka is a band perfect for the alt-country scene.