I put Jolie Holland in the same class as Bob Dylan and Tom Waits because of her ability to assimilate traditional music into a sound and style that is singularly her own. She also happens to have an unusual voice that, not unlike Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, doesn’t exactly have mass appeal. One reviewer said she sings like she’s got a mouth full of marbles. Maybe, but she makes
My CD pre-order of Jolie Holland’s new album, Pint of Blood, has been delayed until mid-July. So I’m listening to the entire album streaming from Paste Magazine. The streaming was supposed to end on June 28th, but I guess someone at Paste forgot to pull the plug. I’m on track 6 now, a new interpretation of “The Littlest Birds.” It’s all good, man, it’s all good. Fans who appreciate what
Here’s a song called “Gold and Yellow” from Jolie Holland’s album, Pint of Blood (release date: June 28, 2011): I’ve heard online performances of a handful of the songs from the album. She’s like Bob Dylan and Tom Waits to me. Soaked in old traditions and making them new, making them her own. Always evolving as an artist. Always super cool.
I’m at work. I can’t ramble on pointlessly like I usually do. So here it is. Jolie Holland has a new album called The Living and the Dead. Click the link for more details and a free track. I like it! He’s the love child of Howlin’ Wolf and the Cookie Monster’s sister and he’s only getting better with age. Tom Waits. He’s #1 on my list of performers I’d
Here’s an interview with Jolie Holland I bookmarked from GoogleVideo ages ago and then completely forgot about. It’s worth a peak if you’re curious what she looks and sounds like when she’s not singing — when she’s just sitting there combing her hair. And here’s a bootleg video of her playing “Catalpa Waltz.”