We get plenty of emails from artists saying that they are fans of the site or read it every day. The Quiet Hollers sent one such email but after hearing the opening line of the first track, Road Song; it felt like they had known me all my life. “I was drunk in a bar in Austin, but I could swore I was in Seattle.” I’ve been drunk in lots of Austin bars. They were fans.
After dealing with the autobiographical opening line, I settled into the rest of the album and came away liking what I heard. The Quiet Hollers come from Louisville and stemmed from a one-time concert where the band was to support lead singer, Shadwick Wilde. Feedback was so positive that they decided to give it a go.
The other factor that backed up their claims to enjoying our site is that their music is alt-country and right in HearYa’s wheelhouse. Like many alt-country acts, a few of the members of The Quiet Hollers played in punk bands before finding the twang. The band that popped into my head after spinning the album was Lucero; albeit with some gorgeous violin worked into the mix. There are a number of those slow-burning tunes that would build to a climatic finish with Ben Nichols giving you goose bumps.
I Am The Morning is one of the most pleasant surprises we’ve had in the inbox in quite some time. They are in Chicago on November 6th at Quencher’s and I would take every opportunity to see them now.
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