Holly Cole, Jana Misener & Krista Wroten began creating music together in high school.
Although the surroundings were less than romantic, their sound was powerful even then. Holly Cole released her first solo EP back in 2007 and then a full album with her backing band The Heathens last year. it was then when she started to play again with Wroten who had been touring with Amy Lavere. Cole also asked Misener to play on the record and threesome began planning an EP to showcase some of Holly’s more romantic and lyrical songs. It was clear once they recorded together, that the group wanted to explore their new sound more fully.
The girls took have taken cues from artists like Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt. Folk and classic country provide a foundation while the heavy string laden R&B songs from Otis Redding to Minnie Riperton make up the walls and roof. Including Jonathan McLaren on vibraphone and drums, and Nahshon Benford on trumpet and euphonium allowed the band to explore even more territory. A typical live show can take a listener from a warm morning in the arms of a lover to a cold night alone lost in a desert and then, thankfully, back again. They also know how to whoop up the crowd into a frenzy when the atmosphere calls for it, just like at any good hootenanny!
On April 17th they’ll release their self-titled EP nationally and embark on a southeastern tour. Stay tuned for more details.