They know what they're not

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Maybe because of their Hammond B3 organ, people like to call the Greyhounds a funk band, and maybe because of their harmonica and lap steel, those who don't call them a funk band like to call them a blues band. Andrew Trube, who plays guitar, harmonica, lap steel and bass and is a vocalist for the band, begs to differ.

"Me and Anthony (Farrell), the keyboard player, we're like a combination of ZZ Top and Hall and Oates," he said. "No. Really. We thought about it. Check it out."

According to Trube's breakdown of the band, the band is a three piece with drums (think ZZ Top) but they also have two singers who come from different backgrounds (think Hall and Oates).

"We're not a funk band. We're not acid jazz. We're not a jam band," Trube said, in the words of a band member who is starting to get a lot of press.

The band is touring with a new album titled "Liberty" that came out in the summer of 2004.

The album is the band's first "real" recording and includes the voice of Ani DiFranco, who sat in on the song "Black Hole."

The cameo has added a lot of credibility to the band's first album.

DiFranco was living in a house next door to the Truck Farm Studio in New Orleans where the Greyhounds were recording their album.

"We needed a female vocalist," Trube said. "I knocked on her door. She was inside playing her guitar. She opened the back door, and I said, 'Can I come in for a minute?'"

He asked her to record a track on their album and she said yes. It was that simple.

"She locked her door, came out into the back yard and walked into the studio. She recorded that song and then pretty much hung out the rest of the time we were recording.

"I don't own any of her stuff, but I couldn't think of a better person for people to look up to."

The song "Black Hole" was written by Trube about his hometown of Tyler, Texas. He calls it a "black-hole town."

"It's the kind of place that just keeps pulling you back in."

His song paints a picture of the town by telling the stories of the people who can't seem to leave it, such as the musician who is talented but has a drug problem.

Songs seem to flow out of Trube, judging by the number of songs he wrote on the new album. Trube is the author of another song titled "Troubled Days."

"I wrote that one about the war in Iraq," he said. "I wrote it right about the time we were about to go to war. It's about how we shouldn't go to war, but we did. It's our anti-war song, but it's the only political song we sing."

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