Hugh DeNeal is known mostly as a singer and songwriter for the Trashcan Americana band, Woodbox Gang, and the subject of a documentary film, Confidence Man: The Hugh DeNeal Story. He now leads the group, The People vs Hugh DeNeal. The group has finished their debut album, “Gas Station Sandwiches.” The songs run in a dark but humorous vein, finding the absurd and the humanity in the strangest of places. The “People,” along with Hugh on guitar and vocals, are Evan Sims on ukulele, Nathan Graham on upright bass, Dakota Holden on electric guitar and pedal steel, and Greg Edwards on percussion.
The band (whose members come from Whistle Pigs, Hobo Knife, Dakota Holden Trio, and Jenny and the Johnsons), create both high impact and haunting sounds against the strange tales inhabiting “Gas Station Sandwiches.” There are thrift store fantasies, convenient store failures, automobile tragedies, and one-star buffet tributes as just a small sample of subjects explored on the new record. The album was recorded over the course of 2 years at Misunderstudio in Murphysboro, Illinois with Woodbox Gang engineer, Mike Lescelius, at the controls. The full length album is an intense and rewarding ride of emotions with sharp songwriting backed by expert musicianship.”