“The group’s songwriting is second-to-none, creating a diverse album that holds quick to its mountain roots. There is some subtle magic going on here as The Holler! swiftly and thoroughly draws you in with their one-of-a-kind lyricism and finger-pickin’ goodness.”
“...The album (Gratitude 2011) was recorded in Kirkpatrick’s basement and mixed and mastered by Kris Smith at his Haus of Kraus studio... Though traditional Appalachian bluegrass structures and melodies play a role in The Holler!’s music, the band is hesitant to limit themselves with a “-grass” tag. True to the “folk music without boundaries” ethos, they incorporate a variety of elements, from Celtic and rock to a bit of reggae. And while improvisatory nature of the live show occasionally goes into “jam” territory, the band holds to the folk ideal of keeping the lyrics central. Kirkpatrick characterizes The Holler! as “minstrels,” writing about contemporary issues, even politics, but in a way that leaves the door open to multiple interpretations...”
“FoCoMX Peer Awards Best Bluegrass Band Winner: THE HOLLER! Fort Collins, CO April 17, 2011 ”
"The Holler! took 3rd place (Scene Magazine Battle of the Bands 2010) for their creative blend of bluegrass, rock and experimental magic. Although their sound is firmly rooted in Appalachia, they have no problem probing the realms of blues and jam tunes, and they may be known at times to orbit the far-flung reaches of Pluto."
“Fort Collins’ bluegrass jam band The Holler! will play its first show of the year Friday with new drummer Kris Smith who adds a new dimension to the raucous show. Kris Smith, 30, originally from New Hampshire will assume his position behind the kit Friday at Hodi’s Half Note, replacing Josh Vogeler who spent the past three years drumming for the band.”