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“If Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan had a child, it would be Holly McGarry. Sometimes the hardest thing to see hides in plain sight. That could be McGarry’s take on life judging from her debut CD, “Small Town Kids;” it certainly speaks to my listening experience of it. At first blush, the clean, crisp production seemed to spotlight the spare, economical quality of the acoustic songs – some solo, a few featuring bass (Kyle Volkman), cello (Lane Exworthy) and the vocal harmonies of Laurie and Katelyn Shook – to tasty effect. But then I started to really listen to her voice and I realized that what I misheard as simplicity and reticence was a young woman’s calm faith after the deluge, before Enlightenment. It’s too soon in her career to call it The Voice even though it is infused with a haunting quality of What Is Yet To Come. Too big, in my opinion, for one genre, her voice drips with erotic irony; the sound of morning sunlight pouring through a win”
“It’s been months in the making – and required no small amount of interstate scrambling – but the debut album from Sandpoint ingénue Holly McGarry is finally slated for release. “It was kinda crazy,” said the 17-year-old singer/songwriter, who is currently in her junior year atSandpointHigh School. According to McGarry, she recorded the 12-track album locally but wasn’t happy with the results. Through a connection with Laurie and Katelyn Shook, of the Shook Twins; cellist Lane Exworthy; and bass player Kyle Volkman, McGarry was able to arrange time with Indigital Recording Studio inSanta Cruz,Calif., but when she took her first trip to record with the quartet she found herself “on sort of a solo mission.” Nonetheless, McGarry recorded her tracks and about a month later was able to meet up with the Shooks, Exworthy and Volkman back at the studio. With the songs recorded, it was another two months of mixing followed by uploading and replicatio”