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Saturday, January 1, 2022
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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.
Laura Ivancie has performed at the Safeway Waterfront
Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon, on the Backwater Blues Cruise along-side
revered saxophonist Reggie Houston and Grammy nominated pianist, Janice
Scroggins, for three consecutive years (2011 thru 2013).
Laura’s original song, “Candy,” (Dance/ Electronica)
earned semi-finalist recognition among 18K song submissions in the
International Songwriting Competition (2014).
She has shared the stage with blues legend Norman Sylvester;
world-renowned musicians: Jay “Bird” Koder, Eddie Martinez, Gerald and Thaddeus
Turner, Gary Fountain, Darrius Willrich, Ramsey Embick, Tyrone Hendrix and
Michael Braun. Laura has opened for the iconic Portland band NU SHOOZ at the
Portland Rose Festival and kicked off the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival
with her band on Miller South Main Stage (2015).
Other notable national acts that Laura has opened for
include: An Horse (Late Show with David Letterman, 2009), Ladi6 (Best Female
Solo Artist in New Zealand, 2011), Vicci Martinez (NBC Finalist for The Voice,
Season 8), David Ryan Harris (Former guitarist for John Mayer), Grammy
Award-winning folk rock group, The Indigo Girls, and for Grammy Award-winning
Neo soul superstar Bilal (2017).
Laura Ivancie was a featured solo acoustic artist at the
infamous House of Blues-Las Vegas (2018). To benefit those hit hardest by the
pandemic, she most recently performed her new single, “Starlight” on an
NBC-affiliated television station (KGW CH8) during the livestream event,
“Together We Thrive: A Virtual Fundraiser for Oregonians,” which raised over
$30,000 for four local charities (2020).
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