Voices - Mandolin/Guitar - Bass - Drums.
Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, The Holler! presents a bluegrassy sound, rock n' roll personality and passionate vocals delivered with mountaintop exclamation. This group of prolific songwriters uses mandolin, guitar, bass, drums, and three bombastic baritone voices to create their Folkadelic sound. In the canyons of influence, with child-like eyes and wonder, these tone chasers relentlessly explore their roots in acoustic music and dramatic lyricism. This band's bottomless cup of original repertoire is led by mandolin obsessed songsmith Michael Kirkpatrick, whose voice resonates with evangelical theatrics and gratitude. With Brad Poto on bass guitar and Peter Knudson on drums, The Holler!'s energetic live show is fortified with a groove that induces movement of body and mind. 12 years of sonic wanderlust has seen the band through many forms, employing sitar, keyboards, tuba, lap steel, accordion and world percussion into their evolving acoustic folk-rock format. Their repertoire artistically celebrates reverence for nature, the exploration of human consciousness, and their passion for festive community gatherings while echoing the Colorado landscape The Holler! calls home. In addition to original music, The Holler! has fun twisting up songs by influences such as: Led Zeppelin, Bjork, The Grateful Dead, Ween, Roger McGuinn, Taj Mahal, The Highwaymen, and Darrell Scott. They have a charismatic ability to connect with a diverse demographic of music lovers, shaking up dance floors, elevating love frequencies, and having lots of fun along the way!
Influences: Radim Zenkl, Phish, Fairport Convention, Sam Bush, Grateful Dead, Pentangle, Led Zeppelin, Railroad Earth, Frank Zappa, running water, whispering pines, avalanche.