Health & Happiness got its name from the old Hank Williams' radio show, that was sponsored by Hadacol, a magic elixir that was 1/2 alcohol, and quite popular in the dry counties down South. Our early get togethers, beer and music, was our elixir, our Tonic. That's what these songs are to me - tonic. We've played with everyone from Kirsty MacColl to Marty Balin, Bare Naked Ladies, and somehow fit in with all those audiences.
Reviews"Look at that sky -- what holds it up, holds it up?" he sings on the leadoff track, "We Are Here." Later, he finds himself "baptized in the river of stars," and, by album's end, the sky has "fallen into my paper cup/ I took a sip and started to fall/ drunk on nothing at all." In each instance, Mr. Mastro conveys these images with a delirious sense of joyous wonder, and that sense permeates this group's raucous, kaleidoscopic sound. The Health and Happiness Show isn't really a country band, or even a country rock band per se. It is more like a modern-day jug band, merrily combining elements of rock, pop, country, blues, folk and even Celtic music. That the band manages to pull it all off so nonchalantly is mostly attributable to the fact that the quintet sports a number of gifted multi-instrumentalists." - Billy Altman