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Plott Hounds primed for Regatta stage

MINNEAPOLIS -- Noah Alexander was born in Georgia, went to school in Iowa and after that, found himself in Minnesota, singing and playing guitar with a few different local bands. There, he met Jeff Powell, an Iowan guitarist who like Alexander, h...

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The Plott Hounds will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Regatta. (Special to the Globe)

MINNEAPOLIS - Noah Alexander was born in Georgia, went to school in Iowa and after that, found himself in Minnesota, singing and playing guitar with a few different local bands. There, he met Jeff Powell, an Iowan guitarist who like Alexander, had ambitions to create his own band.

 

In April 2014, the two founded The Plott Hounds, an Americana rock group named aptly after one of Alexander’s dogs.

 

“The story of my dog led us to our name - it’s one of the first and only breed of dogs that truly originated here in the United States in the southern region of our country, in the mountains of North Carolina,” said Alexander, the group’s frontman. “It’s the foundation of where our music comes from.”

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Musical influences vary for the group’s six members, ranging from traditional country to classic American rock n’ roll to blues and southern rock.

 

“Growing up in Georgia, for me the biggest influence has got to be the Allman Brothers Band,” Alexander said. “It’s part of church, you know? Football, Jesus and the Allman Brothers, that’s southern living.”

 

Some of the group’s other major southern rock influences are Lynyrd Skynyrd, Little Feat and The Marshall Tucker Band. On the country side, it’s Waylon Jennings and the “rowdier country outlaws of old.”

 

The band released its first album in 2015, titled “Living Free.” The 14-track record marked the outset of the group’s journey, in which nobody knew what to expect.  

 

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“Our debut record was a symbol of what we wanted to do - chase the dream and make a living out of playing music and doing what we love,” Alexander said.

 

The Plott Hounds dropped their follow-up EP “Thirsty for Something” last summer, and released “Live: A Blue-Collar Hippie Album” in February. The band is in the process of recording its third studio record, which should be ready by this July.

 

The group has enjoyed steady work in Minnesota, but has also toured in the southeast U.S., Canada and surrounding midwest cities such as Iowa, Illinois and the Dakotas.

 

“We’ve played in front of five people; we’ve played in front of 10,000,” Alexander said. “We try to keep that perspective in mind, of being grateful for the opportunity.”

 

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The group has increased its touring load every year since they started. This year, they will tour across the southwest U.S. Next year, they’re planning a three-week stint in Europe, where album sales have been strong.

 

“We’ll go anywhere where people want to hear it, and that sells beer,” Alexander said. “That’s kind of our two main criteria.”

 

The Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival certainly fits the bill. It will be the first time the band has performed in southwest Minnesota - the Plott Hounds are scheduled to play from 5 to 7 p.m. June 10 - but not the first time Alexander has been to Worthington.

 

“I’m an avid pheasant hunter. I've got two dogs, used to have three, and we would come down here for that,” Alexander said. “I know the area. It’s a beautiful part of that state, and we’re looking forward to getting down there and to plug and play.”

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