Shotgun Holler rolled into Nashville last week for a studio recording session with Sirius-XM’s Bluegrass Junction! This is one of the most popular programs in the genre which is hosted by Kyle Cantrell. We are as proud as we can be to be featured in high rotation on Sirius-XM Bluegrass Junction, and can’t wait for our appearance to start airing in June 2016. Please tune in and give it a listen.
Welcome to Shotgun Holler, the cutting edge of Bluegrass and Acoustic Music
Shotgun Holler features Shawn Brock (mandolin/harmony vocals), Matt Jones (guitar/lead vocals), Rod Lunger (bass/harmony vocals), Nathan Treadway (banjo), and Alex Benefiel (fiddle/harmony vocals) who hail from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.
Shotgun Holler's Debut Album "Loaded" Mixes Traditional Bluegrass With A Modern Alternative Edge: "Loaded" is released by Lonesome Day Records' new imprint, Dry Lightning Records.
It’s not often that a bluegrass band comes around sporting tattoos and singing about things that some radio stations of that genre might find a bit too left of center, but that’s exactly what Shotgun Holler is all about.
The subject matter tackled on the band’s debut album released on June 30, 2015 dives into some darker topics not usually heard in traditional bluegrass music, such as drug addiction, and prostitution. “We don’t really fit the typical bluegrass mold of today,” explains Brock. “Instrumentally we are pretty recognizable as bluegrass. We’re using the traditional bluegrass instruments,- banjo, guitar, upright bass, mandolin, and fiddle. Where we tend to cross into other areas is the material that we choose, which can be very non-traditional. Lyrically, all of the songs aren’t necessarily wholesome.”
It was one fateful day listening to the radio that inspired Brock, a long-time session musician who also has three jazz albums under his belt, to start Shotgun Holler in February of 2014. “I was listening to a bluegrass radio station and it was kind of like a volcano was building up inside of me. It seemed like people were cutting this watered down sterile material singing about the same subject matter and no one is trying to sound different. I listened to five songs and couldn’t tell one artist from another. I have been playing Bluegrass for 23 years, and in the 90’s I knew every artist who came on just by their sound. Blue Highway had a great distinctive sound, which was vastly different from the classic sound of the Bluegrass Album Band. Both are favorites of Shotgun Holler members, but each unit had their own thing going. I called friend and former band member from the group Blue and Lonesome Matt Jones and I said,“I’m sick of hearing singers and pickers imitate each other and cover songs that were just recorded 3 years ago. Let’s put a band together and do what we’ve always tried to do, be different.” His words to me were, “Man, I’ve just been waiting on you.” From there, the two co-founders, Brock and Jones put a band together featuring seasoned players. With their impressive resumes, they were able to book shows before the band even had their first rehearsal.
"Loaded" was produced by Mountain Heart founding member Jim VanCleve at Lonesome Day Studios in Booneville, Kentucky. Van Cleve has produced award winning projects spanning a variety of genres for acts such as Mountain Heart, Newfound Road, Del Shields, Celebration of Life II (Musicians Against Childhood Cancer), Annabelle Road, his own Grammy Nominated solo project, and the IBMA Awards Show Theme, among others. VanCleve engineered the album with Greg Lawrence. VanCleve, Shawn Brock, and Matt Jones mixed the record in Lexington, Kentucky.
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