Booneville, KY is home to the up and coming bluegrass group Shotgun Holler. Their debut album, Loaded, leaves no doubt, they are five guys bent on gentlemenship as well as musical mastery.
With an appearance on CMT, and quick airplay attention to their early release, version of the Guy Clark/Darrell Scott tune “Out in the Parkin’ Lot,” Shotgun Holler has even garnered a Track by Track feature on SirusXM with program director, Kyle Cantrell. “Shotgun Holler is bringing bluegrass a freshness I haven’t heard in a long time,” Cantrell said. “This is the sound that will help take the music to the next level.”
Their unique spin on Miley Cyrus’ hit song, “Wrecking Ball” earned them that appearance on CMT’s The Josh Wolf Show. Americana artists cover hit songs all the time, but it’s a brave move to grab one from the Top-40 charts while it’s still in play. And to their credit, Shotgun Holler did it fine justice for sure. It’s fun and playful while showing off nicely the fine talents of Matt Jones (Guitar, Vocals), Shawn Brock (Mandolin, Vocals), Nathan Treadway (Banjo), Rod Lunger (Bass, Vocals) and Alex Benefiel (fiddle).
You can’t go wrong with a producer like Jim Van Cleve either, and he shows his talent for helping great musicians sound that way with his work on their inaugural project, Loaded. Matt Jones penned three originals for the project, along with eight other carefully selected cuts, including their own version of the classic, “My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It.”
“We don’t really fit the typical bluegrass mold of today,” Shawn Brock said. “Instrumentally we are pretty recognizable as bluegrass. We’re using the traditional bluegrass instruments (but) where we tend to cross into other areas with the material that we choose, which can be very non-traditional.” That’s okay. Fans seem to like it that way.
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