HERE'S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT THE WHISKEY GENTRY:
"Stuffed full of inventive songwriting, the marvelous twang of singer Lauren Staley, and the ferocious playing of her bandmates, the honky-tonk hybrid of Holly Grove leaves you with the feeling that this band could be something special." - BOSTON GLOBE
"... a solid blend of bluegrass and honky-tonk" - POPMATTERS
"Holly Grove captures a band with a feel for out-and-out honky-tonk and hippiefied bluegrass lineage (they cover both New Grass Revival and New Riders of the Purple Sage), to which they apply a full-tilt, pop-punk attack. What further sets them apart is lead singer Lauren Staley’s luminous timbre and the left turns in their storytelling." - CMT
"The Whiskey Gentry is a toe-tapping, steamrolling kind of band, its fingers picking deep into fields of bluegrass, feet stomping in line with a punk-inspired kick drum. The band effortlessly marry old country and new grit, and carrying you along into the Appalachians with the pull of a landslide." - PASTE MAGAZINE
"Holly Grove is an example of true mastery of the art and understanding of how varying genres can complement each other. The album is pulsating and infectious. It never lets up and shows true talent on the part of these Atlanta natives." - PERFORMER MAGAZINE
"... a pure pleasure throughout. Holly Grove defines The Whiskey Gentry as an intoxicating bunch, a group with a sound that breeds pure delirious delight. - THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION
"You could call Atlanta’s Whiskey Gentry a cow punk band. But, they’re also a bluegrass band, an alt-country band and a band of swinging honky-tonkers. They’re Celtic, too, and Bakersfield. It would all be too much, if not for the glowing twang of lead singer Lauren Staley and the perfect picking by her husband Jason Morrow and their road-sharpened backup players." - BILLINGS GAZETTE
"For infectious high-energy country-bluegrass fun, I haven’t heard much lately that can beat The Whiskey Gentry… here’s a band that blends slickness and rootsiness into a superb brew. - BLOG CRITICS
ABOUT VICTOR - A founding member of indie-rock pioneers Camper Van Beethoven & cult band Monks of Doom, Victor released his 9th solo album in 2015.
Always open for a new phrase to sear his psyche and inspire fresh, hard hitting lyrics, Victor Krummenacher was listening to an old radio interview with Levon Helm, the legendary drummer for The Band, after he died in 2012. Helm was asked about how the group reacted when keyboardist Richard Manuel killed himself in the mid-80s. Helm replied, “It’s hard to see trouble coming.” The words drove Krummenacher, fresh off two new California centric albums and a U.S. tour in an exciting “on again” phase with Camper Van Beethoven, to pen the swampy, folk/blues/Americana tune that became the title track for his heartfelt, melancholy but ultimately hopeful ninth solo album Hard To See Trouble Coming.
Produced by renowned pedal steel player Bruce Kaphan (American Music Club), the cathartic and empowering 10-track set marks two decades since Krummenacher, released his solo debut Out in the Heat. It’s a personal set of tunes that allows the bassist, guitarist and singer to explore his passions for folk, blues and even deep pocket soul that is kept simmering under the surface when he’s jamming with David Lowery and CVB and its many offshoot groups Monks of Doom, Cracker and Camper Van Chadbourne. It’s also Krummenacher’s first solo album ever to feature him on guitar, playing Fender Strat, Martin D18 and Jazzmaster, all the way through. Liberating himself from the creative confines of standard tuning, Krummenacher embraces the long-held folk tradition of changing the tuning to alter the guitar’s harmonic structure.
“With Camper, David establishes the voice and the tone of our projects, but when I’m off on my own, I am free to follow more of a folk tradition,” says the Southern California bred, Bay Area based performer, “And I love the blues, especially the raw, spoken word, Tupelo blues like on Muddy Waters’ Folk Singer album. That’s the vibe of the title track ‘Hard To See Trouble Coming’ and I stuck with the original demo and had my band record over that. It’s something Camper would never do.
“On my solo projects,” he adds, “I write music I like that I have an emotional attraction to, and it often represents what I’ve been listening to lately. Without being overly jingoistic, they’re songs that come from the heart. Camper’s music is heartfelt in its own way as well, and is very dear to me, but the music is part of a collaborative process. When I started writing and recording solo material 20 years ago, it was an opportunity to explore creative voices that I wasn’t able to with them or any of the offshoots. When I embark on a new project it’s usually because I have something in my life that I’m contending with. Music is my coping mechanism and draws out my creative spirit.”