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Michael Holland

Member sinceJanuary 18, 2007
LocationCarrboro, NC
MembersMichael Holland
InfluencesHank Williams, carter Family, Mississippi John Hurt, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan
Artist Biography:
Michael Holland embodies a true independent American spirit.
Michael got his start as one of the main songwriters and front man of the critically acclaimed North Carolina band Jennyanykind, who, from 1992-2003, carved their own niche in the American roots music landscape by releasing critically acclaimed albums on the now defunct No. 6 records, Elektra/ Time Warner, and Yep Roc records.

After Jennyanykind disbanded in 2003, Holland released a solo record entitled "Bootlegger's Dreams" on his own Big Johns Records, to regional acclaim. Michael and his record were nominated for an Indy Award from the Independent Weekly for best folk artist and best folk record of 2004.

His second release in fall 2005, on Sit-n-Spin records, Tomorrows American Treasures, was created with the help of Big Fat Gap Bluegrass band, and spent several months in the top 10 of the National Bluegrass Airplay chart, according to Roots Music Report.
One of the tracks from the album, Since I Lay My Burden Down, has also been covered by Rounder recording artists, Dean and Britta, for an upcoming Fall 2006 EP. Michael was also picked as an up and coming artist in American Way Magazines June 1 music issue, Published by American Airlines.

During this time, Michael also found time to take the role of Frank James during the
revival of the Red Clay Ramblers musical Diamond Studs: The Life of Jesse James, and his voice was described as haunting on more than one occasion by Independent Weekly reviewer Byron Woods.

Michael Holland music is music that defines a part of North Carolina and Southern culture, but is broad enough to reach across global boundaries. Based in tradition, yet modern in its translation, it draws on the wellspring of American music and the rhythms of everyday life to create an original and inspired musical experience.

Oh, and when they let him, Michael also plays upright bass with Big Fat Gap Bluegrass band.


With Jennyanykind:
Etc.... (1993) No. 6,
Blues of the Afflicted (1994) No. 6,
Mythic (1995) No. 6,
Revelater (1996) Elektra,
Big Johns (1998) Yep Roc,
I Need You (1999) Yep Roc,
Money? Can't Buy Mojo (2000) Big Johns,
Peas and Collards (2003) Morisen,
As a solo artist:
Bootleggers Dreams (2003) Big Johns Records,
Tomorrows American Treasures (2005) Sit-n- Spin

More by Michael Holland:

Hear Me Calling?
Ballad of Eric Rudolph
Bill Payne and Wash Turner
Dear Old Dixie
Dreams Beyond Compare
Heartless People
How Long will She Make me Wait?
I Remember Leslie Riddle
Please Please Please
Since I Lay My Burden Down
Starry Nights
We are Spacious

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