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Creech Holler - With Signs Following 2006
by Eric Gebhardt
time ago I sent an e-mail to an accuaintance asking about blues artists
and what not in the area that could benefit from an article or review
for Blues In London. He pointed me in the direction of Creech Holler,
a rather unique blues band from the Nashville/Murfreesboro Tennessee
area. I checked the band on the internet and got in cantact with them
and a completely hilarious e-mail exchange proceded.
The e-mails disintegrated into intense and vulgar statements of 'I don't
care about you' back and forth. I was left wondering who pissed in this
guys beer when finally we realised there was simply a misunderstanding
from a previous e-mail. After several notes of apology went to and fro
I got them to send me thier album, 'With Signs Following'. I like a band
of nice guys who are unwilling to take crap. I can imagine having a beer
with these guys and then, later, get each others backs in a bar fight.
As for the music, it has hints of the hill country stomp but takes more
from the music of appalachia such as Dock Boggs. (check out the spine
tingling cover of Pretty Polly which opens the album) All of this played
electric through fuzz pedals which, with the drone of the music already,
gives it a Velvet Underground kind of snazz. I hate using the VU in reviews
cause everyone does but you gotta be retarded not to notice it on this
This is basically roots music with some surprisingly smooth yet gritty
vocals that should be able to appeal to even the slightest of open minded
purists. However, there is still plenty of raunch and energy for the
kids as well. One of my favorite tracks is the rootsy yet self penned
'Plague of Frogs'. And the slide on 'Poor Ol Maddie' is joyously nasty
The only thing really wrong with the album is that it might drone you
out too much to the point that you're not really listening anymore. But
give it another chance, maybe take it on a road trip, you'll get it, trust
If you can only afford to buy five independant records this year then
I suggest you make this one of them.