Amy Ray (from the album Holler available on Daemon Records)
No matter where we land in the ladder of life, there is a personal accounting that happens, sometimes frequently, sometimes as a quickly passing shadow. For Amy Ray on her recent album release, Holler, the assessment is a mirror, seeking to find a single image for the left-leaning woman who is a proud daughter of the south. Holler was was created by Amy Ray and her band in ten days during January 2018, recorded live to analog tape at Echo Mountain Studio in Ashville, North Carolina. Friends joined in harmony for Holler, Amy Ray’s vocals backed by Vince Gill, The Wood Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Phil Cook, Justin Vernon and Rutha Mae Harris of The Freedom Singers.
The music of Holler is a soundtrack to the American saga, with touches of Folk Country (“Jesus Was a Walking Man”), sad Southern Soul (“Last Taxi Fare”), gentle Folk picking (“Fine with the Dark”), and honky tonk rock’n’roll (“Sure Feels Good Anyway”) as the stories speak of awareness (“Didn’t Know a Damn Thing”), survival (“Sparrow’s Boogie”), loneliness (“Bondsman (Evening in Missouri)”, and troubled lives (“Dadgum Down”). Amy Ray attempts to find answers within the songs she shares as experiential advice, giving the back story of Holler as ‘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, her homeland, and its peoples’. A front porch jamboree is a jumble of strings as “Oh City Man” invites to join in a song of the south while Amy Ray brings home the bacon on a country boogie with “Tonight I’m Paying the Rent” as Holler covers its title track with a blue jazz haze to sing a love song.
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