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Frog Holler
The High, High's & The Low, Low's
ZoBird Recordse
www.frogholler.com


There are those rare times when I hear a song for the first time, and it sticks in my head and runs over and over and over again until I have to call the radio station and try to determine what the song was. Unfortunately, this always seems to happen at a time that is wholly inconvenient to do so. Such was the case one fine March afternoon. I heard an incredibly catchy bluegrass/folk tune on the greatest radio station of all time (KCUV - kcuvradio.com) and, after having it running through my mind for about 2 hours, I finally made it to a phone to call and work through some fine detective work with one of the station's DJs. A quick email to Mr. DeVoe, and a few weeks or so later, I was happily listening to the newest release by Pennsylvania's Frog Holler. The track that had stuck in my head that day - and for about a week afterwards - and continues to do so with an iron hold is "Sleepy Eyes", a hootenanny inspiring, mandolin heavy newgrass tune that is sure to captivate anyone who hears it.

This EP covers a lot of ground in addition to its more rootsy songs. "Berks County Boy" is a rocking alt-country song that gives the finest hour of Son Volt a bit of a run for their money. Darren Schlappich proves himself an excellent lyricist behind the thick guitars and solid rhythm section. "Ain't a good liar, never been/ people always saying my pants are on fire/ when I'm holding a good hand or if I'm gonna bust/ I can't keep a secret, never could/ with my lips pressed tight I got a weakness/ and when I open up my mouth, look out for a flood…" More of the 90's college rock flavor comes to the fore on songs like "Glitter", which could have easily been a track on a Feelies record. The song is filled with excellent guitar riffs and vocal melodies that simply scream beauty.

Whether or not you believe that there is substantial music coming from such a place as Pennsylvania, suspend your preconceived notions long enough to experience some Frog Holler. You will not be sorry.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
1. Berks County Boy
2. Sleepy Eyes
3. Off Course Walking
4. Supposed To Be Livin'
5. Glitter
6. Ask Him Why
7. Million Things Good


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