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Small town songbird, country resurgent, spellbinding messenger of heartbreak and womanhood, of another time, another world, and an eternal entity of forgotten stardust is Freya Josephine Hollick. 

Finishing 2017 with new E.P. Don't Mess With The Doyenne and new single The Pearly Gates of the Landfill, recorded with Robert Ellis, Geoffrey Muller and Tank Lisenbe, and touring with Justin Townes Earle, plus festival appearances at Nannup Music Festival, Boogie Festival, Gumball, Broadbeach Country Music Festival, Gympie Music Muster, Australian Music Week, Melbourne Music Week, Kyneton Music Festival, Dorrigo Folk and Bluegrass Festival, Out On The Weekend and Queenscliff Music Festival as well as other high profile supports (My Bubba, Joshua Hedley, Willie Watson, Steve Poltz, Brothers Comatose, Joe Pug, Tex Perkins, Mick Thomas).

Bringing blues and honky tonk goodness that transports you back to early Appalachia, through wartime romance, the golden era of country music and into a cosmic hootenanny. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Bill Frisell, Dolly Parton, Ann Peebles and Dean Martin, among many others, Hollick’s live shows encapsulate a multifaceted approach to what no longer can be pigeon holed as country music.

Hollick forged her career on a love of the Carter Family and the Appalachian, but while they still make up the skeleton of her songwriting, they’re layered in guitar sounds reminiscent of Yo La Tengo, Nels Cline and Marc Ribot. Her music is sliding and changing. She encompasses the resurgent cosmic country of the US, moving in the land of Gram Parsons and Sturgill Simpson, the flavours of childhood idols in Al Green and Etta James, yet still revering the old time and blues music she learned from as a teenager in Ballarat. But there’s more still in her odyssey. Latin rhythms and an undeniable jazz influence. She’s no longer yearning for a lost love, rather claiming her space as a woman on a mission to exist in her own art, to make her own music as she feels fit, and to separate herself from the mimicry of mainstream. A single mum from the Victorian Goldfields, Hollick is on a journey to give herself entirely to the joy of bringing her impeccable songwriting to audiences across the world.

With a voice that floats between Maybelle Carter, Dolly Parton and Skip James, Freya Josephine Hollick is a lady not to be missed. Catch her at a venue near you soon.

 

written by Caleb Cluff

New album due August 2018

All photographs by Jessica Tremp.