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guitarist and songstress Ashly Jane Holland and the fellas, the Pistol Whips, have
put out their first CD, replete with 14, count 'em, original tunes. Holland possesses
a throwback voice to the days of unadulterated country, a milieu that's all sliced
up now into a bunch of categories. Hers is a trilly, earthy sound, that, coupled
with the range of emotion she expresses on her well-written sagas, makes her one
of the most authentic singers around. Suffice it to say she'd be at home in Butcher
Holler with Loretta Lynn; nd indeed Holland credits her as an influence. Or how
about in Tennessee with Dolly? Holland's country warble has Parton's inflections
at times. She could go farther back than that if she wanted. Folk artist Gillian
Welch is a modern influence for the singer. Great production from the Grammy-winning
Doc Wiley, and fine musicianship here. It's a terrific first effort, and although
Holland pushes her voice at times, she's strong enough to pull it off."
— Mariss McTucker, The
Jane and the Pistol Whips did exactly what they set out to do with their new album
"This Town." The album is what bassist Russ Smith calls "a resurgence of down-home
sound. The album draws from country music's roots in blues, folk, bluegrass and
Celtic music, with the mellow sounds of a southern spiritual thrown in on "Honesty."
It is the music that seems organic to Montana, to home. Front woman Ashly Jane Holland
has the heart of Kathy Mattea and the sass of Mary Chapin Carpenter. She delves
into the sappy one minute, then shows you so much soul in her voice to warm the
hardest of hearts. The album succeeds at retaining the classic sound achieved by
performing live into the studio, as bands did before multi-tracking became the norm.
Actually, the album succeeds on all accounts. It features a wonderfully wide range
of instruments prominent in classic country and bluegrass -- dobro, mandolin, pedal
steel, piano and banjo -- and the band's own twist with horns and baritone sax."
— Rachel Hergett, Bozeman
not want to be literally pistol whipped, but Little Jane & the Pistol Whips
will whip you onto the dance floor with their foot-stomping beats of old country
twang and contemporary Americana. Led by the powerful songwriting and dynamic vocals
of Ashly Holland, this popular band has not only reinvented itself with a brand
new sound and lineup.Original members Ashly Holland and fellow singer-songwriter
Russ Smith on bass, welcome the melodic sounds of Quinton King on electric guitar
and rocking beats and tight rhythms of Paul Decker on drums. This Town, produced
by Grammy Award winning recording engineer Doc Wiley. To record the album, which
showcases a handful of talented regional musicians, the band crammed into a small
room and did it the old fashioned way: live."
— Alison Grey, Bozeman Monthly