Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Gabby Holt

Sarah Vitort of Fox and Bones

Crystal Hotel - Al's Den

6pm - 9pm

$10

21 and over

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About Gabby Holt

Singer-songwriter

Gabby Holt

It is easy to find the Devil in The Star and The Devil, the searing solo debut from Portland rock staple Gabby Holt. Holt explores her past connections in six bristling parts, each of which she wrote while immersed in connections that were, at times, driven by addiction, fear, or insecurity. These emotions come to light in the heavy, yet deliciously catchy sound that Holt has crafted, brimming with her guitar prowess and melodic finesse. As for the Star, Holt’s symbol of healing and rejuvenation, it carries a more nuanced presence on the record, emerging not within the content of the songs but in the process of creation and reflection that the record itself has allowed.

“I look at myself with almost child like eyes, you know.” Holt says of the person she was when she wrote the songs. “That was the Gabby that was learning, that wanted to fix this situation. This was the part of me that was trying her best.” Today, Holt looks back upon the unhealthy relationships that drive The Star and The Devil with newfound perspective, cherishing her experiences from a place of honesty and growth.

“It’s still giving voice to that part of me that was in it. It’s okay to be human…it’s a really human thing to feel that way.”

Gabby Holt was inexplicably drawn to the guitar from a very young age, finding in the instrument a home that she carried with her throughout her childhood and adolescence. She began sneaking into Portland Open Mic nights in high school, and soon immersed herself in the Portland music scene. She played in various bands before meeting Daniel Riddle and joining King Black Acid in 2012, a project which she began co-fronting in 2017. 

The Star and the Devil was produced by Gabby Holt and Jeff Stuart Saltzman (Typhoon, Deertick) and features Joe Mengis (Eels) and Charley McGowan on drums, Sean Tichenor on bass, and Bryan Owens on additional guitar. Before 2020, Gabby Holt and her band played regularly, selling out their most recent Portland shows and opening for Oregon indie veterans Floater. The band is already working on their follow-up to The Star and the Devil.

website:
http://www.gabbyholt.com/

About Sarah Vitort of Fox and Bones

soulful country rock

Sarah Vitort of Fox and Bones

Nine out of ten ancient scholars agree that the third time is in fact a “charm” and for Portland, Oregon based modern vintage duo Fox and Bones, this rings true. As the final touches are being put on their third studio album, American Alchemy, (Out on Dutch Records) they can’t help but to reflect upon the five years and 564 shows that brought them to this prescient point in their career.

Fox and Bones (Sarah Vitort and Scott Gilmore) formed in 2016 and were in the studio recording their debut record, The Remarkable Adventures Of, mere weeks after meeting. These early offerings were honest and raw, a blend of gentle folk with subtle instrumental backing. This lead to several European and US tours before a second studio album emerged in 2018. This sophomore collection, Better Land, showed an influx of modern folk-pop trappings as the influences of producer Dominik Schmidt and engineer Matt Greco began to blend with the tour-worn stylings that were born from life on the road.

This brings us to the charm, their 2021 record American Alchemy. This collection of songs finds Fox and Bones fully formed with elements of folk, pop, americana and soul fused lyricism joined together into an amalgamation of modern vintage goodness. With the guidance of producer/engineer Matt Greco, American Alchemy is the final iteration that the duo has been striving towards since they first charmed their way into each other’s lives so many years ago.

Website:
http://www.sarahvitortmusic.com