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Band: Adam Holt Album Release Party
Date: Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m.
Venue: Callaghan’s Irish Social Club, 916 Charleston St., callaghansirishsocialclub.com\
Tickets: $5 at the door
Three months ago, Lagniappe introduced readers to singer-songwriter/Nappie Award-finalist Adam Holt. Holt has established his reputation in the local scene through his trademark “Southern Heartland Rock” sound as well as his Eastern Shore-based Studio ’78, which specializes in classic, analog recording. After spending time helping local musicians release their music, Holt is now celebrating the release of his own album, “Kind of Blues,” which is being showcased on Zenith Records.
Holt kept things local for the creation of his latest offering. This self-produced album came to life within Studio ’78. It features Holt on vocals, guitar and keys. He also recruited several notable regional artists, including bassist Owen Finley, drummer Greg Deluca, Lee Yankie (slide guitar), Donnie Sundal (piano/organ), Lee Yankie (slide guitar), Mark Welborn (pedal steel) and Pierre Robinson (bass). While the album was mixed at Dockside Studio in Maurice, La., Baldwin County resident Kevin Nix (L. Nix Mastering) balanced the tracks.
With Holt’s knack for tripping across genres, the album’s title is a perfect description of its contents. “Kind of Blues” sets the tone for the rest of the album with the opener, “Mr. Morning Drive,” which has a warm mix of bluesy slide guitar and Heartland rock rhythms.
“Don’t Give Up On Me Baby” is a heartfelt ballad that walks the line between Southern rock and alt. country. “Bobby” is a blues-rock anthem in the tradition of Gov’t Mule.
Before he closes with an honest cover of Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay,” Holt throws some South Louisiana blues into the mix with “The End.”
Overall, “Kind of Blues” is a testament to Holt’s dedication to creating great, versatile music that appeals to a variety of tastes.
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