After a long night with some friends, I stumbled into a concert hall that was hosting Hollis Brown. The relaxed atmosphere was welcoming, so I ordered some JW and took a seat. In attendance was a mixed bag of baby-boomer's, blue collars, white collars, and teeny boppers. The band that was about to perform appeared to be capable of pleasing all. It was a pleasant break from the high-octane, ruphie powered, trance music that I was nodding my head to earlier in the evening.
As the set progressed, I could see how the song "Ballad of Hollis Brown" by Bob Dylan was an appropriate allusion for the band's name and reminded of the days puffing backstage in Greenwich Village. Hollis Brown have a solid roots rock base, with arms extending into a modern flair. While I watched, I couldn't help but notice the energy that was generating from the stage. This was especially evident from band members, Mike and Jon, who wailed without mercy.
Hollis Brown has been able to develop a following as they tour throughout the country. They have performed at popular music festivals, such as CMJ Music Marathon, and other great shows east of the Mississippi. They are currently working on their follow-up EP to their self-titled album which delves deeper into their blues-rock style.
Shaking my hairy arse with Hollis Brown was an excellent way to spend the latter half of my evening. I'm looking forward to catching them again on the road and picking up their EP when released.
More photos from the concert.
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