Limited Edition Double LP Recorded Live To Analog Tape!
Plated & Pressed at QRP! Includes Bonus Song + Etching On Side D!
Featuring Vince Gill, Brandi Carlile, Justin Vernon, Derek Trucks & More!
Amy Ray, one-half of Grammy-winning folk duo Indigo Girls, releases Holler, her sixth solo album. Featuring 14 original tracks, Holler was recorded with Ray's touring band at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC. The album features vocal cameos by Vince Gill, Lucy Wainwright Roche, The Wood Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Phil Cook, Justin Vernon and Rutha Mae Harris of The Freedom Singers. On Holler, Amy's band, Jeff Fielder (guitar and dobro), Matt Smith (pedal steel, dobro, guitar), Jim Brock (drums), Adrian Carter (fiddle and Teo guitar) and Kerry Brooks (bass and mandolin) welcome into the studio the inimitable Alison Brown on banjo and Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band) on keys, with Derek Trucks adding one of his signature, achingly beautiful leads on a song. With horns and strings often stepping in, Ray raises the bar on herself with a record that evolves from the restless dreams of Goodnight Tender.
The LPs are packaged in a gatefold jacket with lyrics, credits and photos. The 4th side features a special lullaby and an etching of its story in pictures and a poem that Amy's Dad wrote her Mom when they were courting. This record was recorded to tape and then transferred at the highest sample rate possible 192 K / 24 bit, and it stayed in that format for mastering and lacquer cutting so the vinyl is super high-quality sound.
"The band and I recorded Holler live to analog tape at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, NC, over a 10-day period in January 2018. The album is inspired by traditional country, southern rock, mountain music, gospel and bluegrass. It fits in the Americana genre. The songs are all my own compositions and tell stories of late nights, love, addiction, immigration, despair, honkytonks, growing up in the south, touring for decades, being born in the midst of the civil rights movement, and the constant struggle to find balance in the life of a left-wing Southerner who loves Jesus, my homeland and its peoples. There is a tip of the hat to the great Jim Ford 1969 release, Harlan County. With songs inspired by, the film Winters Bone; and the Appalachian poet Byron Herbert Reece; as well as the great writer, Toni Cade Bambara. Following my first 2014 country record, which was my 5th solo studio release, this record is a natural progression from the stillness of a Goodnight Tender to the friction, freedom and restlessness of a Holler, with the addition of strings and horns to bring the swagger." - Amy Ray, August 2018
"Ray has wandered her way into a sound that fits nicely under the big Americana umbrella. Melding the urgency of punk with the earthiness of country and the vaunt of Southern soul, Holler embraces more aspects of Ray's influences than any of her past efforts. Because of that, it feels like a more fully formed reflection of her, both as a person and an artist.... Holler winds its way through ballads and boogies, sing-along stomps and subdued anthems, but it never takes its heart off its sleeve, as evidenced most clearly in the title track and the closer, 'Didn't Know a Damn Thing.' Even as she surveys the world around her with a kinder, clearer eye than most, Ray has also never shied away from turning her gaze inward in an effort to hold herself more accountable than anyone. While she may find faults in her humanity, it's hard to find any in her Holler. And that is rare, indeed." - FolkAlley.com
• Limited Edition
• Double LP
• Recorded to tape then transferred at the highest sample rate possible 192K/24bit for mastering and lacquer cutting
• Gatefold jacket with lyrics, credits and photos
• Side D features a special Bonus Track + Etching
• Limited time digital download
1. Gracie's Dawn (Prelude)
2. Sure Feels Good Anyway
3. Dadgum Down
4. Last Taxi Fare
5. Old Lady Interlude
6. Sparrow's Boogie
7. Oh City Man
8. Fine With The Dark
9. Tonight I'm Paying The Rent
11. Jesus Was A Walking Man
12. Sparrow's Lullaby
13. Bondsman (Evening In Missouri)
14. Didn't Know A Damn Thing
Side D (Etched):
Old Lady Dreaming (Bonus Track)