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Sounds Like: Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, James McMurtry
Bio: Through a variety of genres, collaborators, instruments and experiences there is one constant in Ali Holder’s music: her unforgettable voice. Rooted in country yet dabbling in everything from jazz to rhythm and blues, Holder’s poignant alto commands attention and holds fast through a full array o...See Full Bio
“The swinging two step of Falling Up is a surprising and addictive opening to Texas singer Ali Holder’s In Preparation for Saturn’s Return, her debut solo album. The bluesy electric guitar and fiddle of the song reaches right through the speakers and pull you into the album right from the start. Holder’s got a great, addictive bluesy voice and the material here–all originals by Holder–shows a solid grasp of what makes a good song. The 27 year old Holder’s been performing live since she was 16, and it shows: her songs are personal and intimate but feel like experiences we can all share. Lost & Found, You and I and Mourning Dove are particularly fine examples. While the opening track has its roots firmly in the blues, songs like Drinking Doubles demonstrate more of a country aesthetic. Holder moves smoothly between styles and presents a collection of highly listenable songs to welcome you into her world with.”