lonnie holleyLonnie Holley is a folk artist based in Atlanta, Georgia. For years he’s been making amazing outsider art and now, thanks to Dust-to-Digital, we can hear some of Lonnie’s excellent recordings. Β “Keeping a Record of It,” is the first new release from Dust-to-Digital that isn’t a reissue. Β It’s also Lonnie’s second collection of songs (please check out “Just Before Music” too!). Β “Keeping a Record,” will suck you in with it’s almost trance like melodies, meanwhile Lonnie’s vocals and lyrics keep you grounded and interested in what he may say next. Β It’s almost like he’s preaching the good Word until you figure out he’s on a whole other level consciously–one of spaceships and birthday parties. Β He’s like Sun Ra, Junior Kimbrough, Arthur Russell, and a minimalist modern composer all wrapped up into one (he also had help on this record from Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox and the Black Lips’ Cole Alexander). Β It’s crazy. AND it’s great.

“Last year, at 62, after decades of singing while he worked, Holley released his jarring debut album, Just Before Music, a marriage of improvised keys and the rambling, hollow bellow of his voice, as well as the first original recording put out by the archival folk label Dust-to-Digital. This year, he’ll tour, and he recently starred in a Whitney Museum group show, β€˜Blues for Smoke.’” – The Fader

β€œLonnie Holley sings with an intense, emotional voice and unleashes lyrics without consistent meter or rhyme over gossamer keyboard lines that hang in the ether. His music is a blues nebula, splotched with riffy word jazz that shares in some rappers’ collagist aesthetics as well as the runaway passion of a gospel preacher enlivened by the Spirit.” – Aquarium Drunkard

Read more on Lonnie over at the Dust-to-Digital site.Β 

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