Buzz Holland | Late Bloomer

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Late Bloomer

by Buzz Holland

Lifelong songwriter steps out of the shadows with a Nashville produced jewel that says "It's never too late to be who you are."
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Late Bloomer
3:02 $0.99
2. Whole Lotta Country
3:06 $0.99
3. Throwing Beer Cans At the Moon
3:09 $0.99
4. Solitaire
3:33 $0.99
5. Far Be It from Me
2:55 $0.99
6. Get Along
3:07 $0.99
7. She's Got a Hole in Her Heart
3:17 $0.99
8. Pieces
3:06 $0.99
9. Broken River
3:38 $0.99
10. You Can't Outrun the Rain
3:10 $0.99
11. 'Til You Hit the Bottom
2:26 $0.99
12. Live Music
0:48 $0.99
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Album Notes
Buzz Holland (aka Frank Goodman) had a family band in his PA 20's called The Goodman Brothers, which spawned the careers of Billy Goodman in Berlin and Steve Kimock, guitar icon at large. They came to CA in the 70's and were together for seven years, with some reunions. After that broke up, he got into other things that included 10 years at Mesa/Boogie, co-founding, songwriting in Nashville, playing with brother Billy in Europe, and various projects with his entrepreneurial brother Jon, (his co-publisher) that included stints in Shanghai and Amsterdam.

"Everybody's trajectory is different, the story of their unfolding, whether it's artistic or some other human unfolding", says Buzz Holland. Like the song says, 'It's never too late to be a late bloomer-when you're late, you're right on time.' After all, some people are ready to do their best work at 16, others not till 61, or later. It's never too late to be who you are."

"Although Duck and I have a studio in our place in Portland OR, I wanted to do this record with our old and trusted friend Thomm Jutz, whom I call the hardest working man in Nashville. He knows me very well, and we've written scores of songs together in my Nashville days. One of them is on this record, our first song together, "Pieces." Our frequent songwriting partner in these days, Peter Cronin, is also represented here, with our co-write "Whole Lotta Country," where his background vocals lit the track right up. "

Thomm Jutz' vision and vast skill set brought together the stellar rhythm section of Mark Fain on upright bass (best known for his ongoing work with Ricky Skaggs, but he went into the studio with Ry Cooder directly after these sessions) and drummer Lynn Williams, from Delbert McClinton's band. "These three have made a lot of great records together, it's a chemistry born of experience" says Buzz. "There's just no way we could have done something like that in our Portland studio. They really know how to make records in Nashville, at a different level." Buzz's brother Jon Goodman and brother-in-law Gary Falcon managed Travis Tritt and others in his heyday for many years, and he was very aware of the breadth of the studio scene there, having lived there a dozen years himself.

Thomm rounded out the talent by bringing in mutual friend Steve Conn on some piano and B-3, whose contributions are memorable. "That electric piano solo in 'Broken River' is a transcendental moment in the record for me" says Buzz. Steve Conn is a great songwriter, and plays a song like one. JT Brown on background vocals was a new voice to me-he contributes a joy that is hard to describe, and the smoothness of his sound just makes everything come together better." Again, this is the vision of Thomm Jutz-these are some of his closest working compadres; a team that works together a lot, and it shows. And when it's time to cut guitars, he's super good at every bit of that, whether it's bluegrass flatpicking or any kind of electric track. Thomm Jutz is an excellent songwriter, and he's always working for the song.

Another factor is that TJ and I have known each other long enough now, that he knows better than almost Anybody what Late Bloomer is all about. He's been indispensable in bringing it about, and was uniquely suited to the collaboration. I'm already looking ahead to work we will do in the years to come.

You're just not ready till you're ready, and the stars in your life align to do your best work. It's been a long time coming, and thank you for being there to catch it. And may it encourage the blooming of everyone who hears it."



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