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With Signs Following

by Creech Holler

Blood soaked, Whiskey Sippin', Overdriven Appalachian Murder-Blues.
Genre: Country: Country Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pretty Polly
3:50 $0.99
2. Lester Ballard
4:49 $0.99
3. Little Mathie Grove
3:37 $0.99
4. Red Rockin' Chair
3:14 $0.99
5. Country Blues
3:05 $0.99
6. The Gospel of Judas
3:24 $0.99
7. Wild Bill Jones
2:50 $0.99
8. Poor Ol' Maddie
3:31 $0.99
9. Black Mountain
4:37 $0.99
10. Plague of Frogs
3:26 $0.99
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Album Notes
Creech Holler plays the music of midnight whiskey stills and front porches. of those whose sole act of contrition before god was to make song of their sin and sorrow. of those who have been to dark places, and who left their soul there. of those who deemed it necessary to kill some poor son of a bitch who had it coming to them, and then deemed it necessary to sing a song about it. of those who loved the sacred and the profane in equal measure; who played the devil's music on saturday night, and god's music on sunday morning. of those who have trod black paths so long that they have forgotten the light, but not so long so as to forget to bring their gun and a shovel. of those who saw fit to salve their wounds with the banjo, the fiddle, the guitar. of those who know no other way to touch the face of god than to take the venomous serpent to their breast, and drink deadly things, and take up fire, and live or die by the power of their faith and the force of their will and the sweat of their backs. creech holler is the hills and hollers of east tennessee and the fields of the delta, and the regret and desires and vain hopes of redemption buried under their soil. it's everywhere that america's bad blood flows and gives birth to hymns to the wrong that lives in low men's hearts. it's the ghosts of america's music reborn in furious electricity.

Jeff Zentner: Vocals, Clawhammer and Bottleneck Guitar
Joseph Campbell: Bass, Melodica, Vocals
Christian Brooks: Drums, Footstomp, Tambourine, Vocals



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for a second i thought i was down south
agreed- this album certainly did make me want to kill a possum... but it did more than that. (no, it did not make me want to kill a person.) these songs paint crude and scratchy, yet beautiful, pictures, decked with religion and sin. they make me forget where i am...

Filo Bedoe

The stuff!!
This CD is awesome.Grab your rattle snakes and your jug of mash.And head out to the porch for some stompin and some sippin.Can't wait for the next one.

--TRICITIES.COM, Johnson City TN

Serving up a musical experience that is both modern and timeless, Creech Holler offers an innovative approach to The South’s musical history.

The Flagpole, Athens GA

Blood-soaked country blues and front-porch whiskey ballads from this Tennessee trio.

Timonthy Edward Jones

Creech Holler is a genre of its own. Who else in Music City, USA has the balls to sing the blues and preach the Gospel while chain-smokin' Prince Albert "roll you owns" and sippin' illegal sour mash? I have immensely enjoyed the music I've heard from these Apostles of Deep South depravity. Some would say the music isn't commercial....I say it ain't s'pposed ta be! (Commercialism would taint the pure essence of THE MESSAGE.

The Nashville Scene, Nashville TN

...the trio sound as though they are possessed by fanatical, old, whiskey-swilling spirits.

The Chattanooga Pulse, Chattanooga TN

This Nashville band channels traditional, pain-laced, bluesy Appalachian music and through electric guitars, amps and drums for the younger generation. Its both a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll.

11th Hour, Macon GA

Of the Americana/Roots Music acts to surface in and around the South, few have tackled the spooky and gothic the way Creech Holler has. Their effort is less intent on aping the sounds of Dixie than exploring the mythic darkness in its piney woods. The opening track, “Pretty Polly,” is a headlong ramble down the Appalachians in a car whose wheels are on fire while the boys inside swig their bootleg shine. “Plague of Frogs,” which closes out the CD, comes across like gospel singing in a snake-handling church, as much an invitational hymn as a choral rite of exorcism. In between, the band’s originals and reworked traditional songs bear witness to the virtues of the raucous and reflective alike, paying homage to the glut of influences that merged in the South to create its music.


made me want to kill a possum...
Very cool CD. Goes well with my home brew, out in the garage on a cloudy overcast evening, two dogs laying by the double door watching the trannie prositutes in the alley with yellow eyes narrowed and teeth bared. CD Baby rocks. These CDs fly by personal jet to my door and showed up within a few days.
jax, fl

Kingsport Times, Kingsport TN

merges the string-band tradition with electric blues-rock
There's a long tradition of white rockers who claim to be "influenced" by the rural, black bluesmen of the pre-World War II era. In shorter supply are rockers who pay homage to the period's white bluesmen.

Creech Holler looks to change that. The trio — Jeff Zentner (vocals, clawhammer banjo, bottleneck guitar), Christian Brooks (drums, tambourine, foot stomps, vocals) and Kingsport native Joseph Campbell (bass, melodica, vocals) — sees white hillbilly musicians such as Southwest Virginia's Dock Boggs as being on equal blues footing with Robert Johnson and his black contemporaries. Their debut album merges the string-band tradition with electric blues-rock, thus sounding like the missing link between Southern Appalachia and classic rock radio.

In Creech Holler's hands, "Pretty Polly" is rescued from the clutches of bluegrass and given the kind of eerie treatment normally reserved for "Crossroads." Ditto Boggs' spooky "Country Blues," transformed here into a frenetic juke blues. String-band staples like "Little Mattie Grove" and "Wild Bill Jones" have a sinister vibe, as do hypnotic Creech Holler originals like "The Gospel of Judas" and "Black Mountain."

This is fierce, dark, passionate music that should be investigated by fans of the contemporary garage-band movement.
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