303 SW 12th Avenue Portland, OR, 97204
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Crystal Hotel - Al's Den
6pm - 9pm
21 and over
6pm - 9pm$1021 and over
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.
After a coming out of the gates hot in late 2008, Redwood Son found himself almost completely lost in the fall of 2009, when original drummer and long time Friend Kipp Crawford was tragically killed. It was a long road back, and on the heels of that tragedy, Redwood Son was named "Best New Artist" of the 2010 Portland Music Awards. In June 2011, he followed with a Double Album titled "The Lion's Inside" which showcased some prolific songwriting prowess, and a lofty Debut effort.
The Debut Album was promoted heavily over the course of the next 2 years, prior to finding it's way into the hands of Producer Steve Berlin of the Band "Los Lobos". A natural evolution towards Country Music had been taking shape on the road, and oddly enough, the follow up effort found a genre of it's own, when Redwood Son self released the "Westicana" EP in the Spring of 2016, featuring Six of the Eleven Tracks. The "Saints & Renegades" LP is set to release in the Spring of 2018.
With a solid following and fanfare residing in the Great Pacific Northwest, it was time to make yet another move. In late 2016, Redwood Son relocated to Nashville TN, after being selected as a Top 4 finalist in the Eckrich "Music City Sing Off" which took place at the Famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, as part of their 58th Anniversary.
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