Victor Holk is a performing songwriter from Austin Texas. Over the course of three independently produced and released albums, Holk has developed a strong local following throughout the Texas Hill Country. Holk's songs take the listener from quite, lyrical introspection to viscous screams of heartache and anguish. Holk's raw blend of folk and alternative is attributed to a wide variety of musical influences and life experiences.
Holk is currently spending the summer in the Pacific Northwest, finishing songs for a forthcoming album and playing at small venues throughout the area. Usually he can be found performing throughout Texas, either making solo appearances or rocking the stage with his band, the Prerecorded Tracks. Over the past few years Holk as shared the stage with notorious local and touring acts such as The Lonesome Heroes, HalleyAnna & the Tennessee Volunteers, John Hogan, Fire in the Pines, The Shady Rest Band, among many others. Holk's band, the Prerecorded Tracks, features Colin Colby (The River Hymn, The Victory March) on electric guitar, Sterling Finlay (Rivertrain, Todd Snider, The Gougers) on bass, and Dave Simms Jr. (After the Sunset, Daniel Conti & Drawing Back, Fire in the Pines) on drums. Holk and the "tracks" are currently working on a full-length album and further national touring.
Holk's most recent album, With Words as Strong as Warriors, is currently available for download only. The album was commissioned as Holk's Thesis for the Honors College at Texas State University. The album spans 50 years of politically charged material from Woody Guthrie's "Pretty Boy Floyd" to The Dead Kennedy's "Kill the Poor." Holk lends his voice to these great works of yore, weaving historical songs amongst his own to create a cohesive musical image of the American landscape. The album was recorded live, in studio, with a minimalist folk/country arrangement, featuring Burton Lee (Eleven Hundred Springs) on steel guitar and dobro, along with Sterling Finlay on upright bass.
Holk released his debut EP, "There's No There" in early 2011. The album was recorded live, in-studio, with the musicians who would later form "The Prerecorded Tracks." The band included Colin Colby on electric guitar, Sterling Finlay on upright bass, and Dees Stribling (The Alexander, Sons of Fathers) on drums. The vocals and three piece rhythm section were recorded live in the studio over the summer of 2010 at the Cheatham Street Woodshed. Colby engineered the session as well as overdubbing lead guitar over the live session. The record is a raw and authentic representation of the songs penned just across the street in the old wooden warehouse
In 2009 Holk had the honor of performing as a finalist in the Student Songwriters Showcase at the renowned Kerrville Folk Festival. Over the same summer, he produced, recorded, and released the 3 song CD-R "You were always meant to be here" which has since been left out of print.
Holk penned his first few tunes at the age of eleven while traveling the American south with his family before settling in the rural Hill Country. During High School and Junior College, Holk wrote for and performed with several indie and punk rock bands around his hometown, helping to spur an underground music scene beneath the community of stetson sporting neo-cons. Upon entering Texas State University decided to forego obscure band names and begin his career as a singer-songwriter.
The young songwriter found work and a home base in Kent Finlay's infamous Cheatham Street Warehouse, where Holk would run live sound for the entirety of his university career. He found inspiration from many of the astonishing songwriters who he came into contact with there. That inspiration drove Holk into developing his skills as a songwriter, attending Songwriters Night at Cheatham Street as well as the open mics at various coffee shops throughout the area. Before long, venue owners were asking Holk to begin playing regular sets throughout the area.