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"Hallow Dog hails from the storied town of Woodstock, New York with a pastoral, acoustic-based Americana sound to match. The distinctive voice of lead vocalist/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist John Holt is at the core of every tune with tasteful accompaniment by drummer Chris Morgan, bassist Julian Bender, and pedal steel guitarist Jon Light. At first listen, one might draw comparisons to American jam and roots-rock acts like Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band, Little Feat and the Grateful Dead. However, sonically speaking, additional elements like plentiful Pedal Steel, Mandolin, Fiddle, and Dobro place the material squarely in the old-time Americana tradition."--- Listen Up Denver (Hallow Dog "Good Fight" album reveiw)
A long time multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter on both coasts, Hudson Valley resident John Holt follows one strict rule with his craft. “I like to try and blaze my own trail with it all, let the songs be what they will and not go for any specific sound.”
Holt’s Woodstock New York based project, Hallow Dog, has begun to gain a reputation as just that… undeniably original and completely captivating. Songs that explore the wilderness of life outside the box with all of its gifts and curses both real and imagined.
The band — with Holt on vocals, acoustic guitar and mandolin, Chris Morgan on drums ,Jason Sarrubi on electric bass, and Josh Roy Brown on lap steel — uses sonic space and dynamic tonal interplay to create moody soundscapes for Holt’s spellbinding vocal delivery.
Fast becoming a favorite in New York’s Hudson Valley and beyond, Hallow Dog will take you on a magic carpet ride from lonely mountain ballad to stone cold funk and all the stops between.
Enjoy the ride.