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by The Hollyfelds

Indie country and folk from Denver with beautiful female vocals.
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Empress of Wyoming
3:20 $0.99
2. Indecision
3:09 $0.99
3. What It Feels Like
2:14 $0.99
4. I'm Gonna Feel Tonight
2:51 $0.99
5. It's A Good Thing
4:39 $0.99
6. Sorry I Missed You
4:47 $0.99
7. Burned
3:46 $0.99
8. Stars at Night
4:38 $0.99
9. Some People
4:11 $0.99
10. Mary Lou
4:09 $0.99
11. Old Carbon
3:29 $0.99
12. I Will Wait
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Album Notes
“Holly” rhymes with ”golly.” “Felds” rhymes with “welds.”
The Hollyfelds autobiography

Once there was a grown man who lived in a closet.

Well, it wasn’t a real closet. He only used the closet as a secret entrance to his underground lair of steam tunnels where he was able to pursue his interests in math and science with no interruption from the outside world.

And he wasn’t a real man, only a character in the 80’s teen movie “Real Genius.”

What is real is that more than 20 years after the film was released a band in Denver would name themselves after this memorable character. His name was Hollyfeld... Lazlo Hollyfeld.

Lazlo’s Denver descendants, calling themselves The Hollyfelds, departed from the musical style of the 80’s film they took their name from and instead went for a more traditional sound...a country sound...a neo-traditional country sound (tempered with a hefty dose of folk and Americana and just a touch of bluegrass, all anchored by solid pop hooks).

The Hollyfelds (henceforth referred to as “we” or “our”) started with a marriage and then moved on to other instances of destiny. How we all came together is pretty boring. Husband and wife musicians...blah blah blah...met boy and girl musicans...blah blah blah...remembered poker buddy musican...bob formed.

In May of 2006 we officially formed and quickly recorded our EP, “File Under ‘H’ For Toy”. Soon after we started playing shows around Colorado, mainly in the Denver area, but we also rocked Laporte pretty hard.

Then in October of 2007 we prepared to record our debut full length release. We began looking at studios in the Denver area, but none of them seemed to be what we were looking for, and we wondered where we would find a studio and producer who was right for us. Then one day that producer contacted us. Ric Hordinski, best known for his work with artists such as Over the Rhine, Victoria Williams, Robbie Fulks and David Wilcox, contacted us and asked if we would want to come to his studio, The Monastery, and record with him in Cincinnati, OH. Needless to say we were very excited, in addition to the above artists, Ric had also been nominated for a Grammy in 2003, and had shared the stage with legends such as Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. We headed out to Ohio in late October in a borrowed RV and over the course of 4 days recorded the 12 songs which would make up the album Saratoga. After recording, the tracks were sent to Masaki, best known for his work with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, to be mastered in the San Francisco area. Finally the album was done, and Saratoga will be released in early 2008 with a great CD release show being planned.

In 2008 we will keep playing as many live shows as we can. In the past we’ve been lucky enough to play at venues such as Backyard BBQ, Private Party, The Bluebird Theater, Bender’s Tavern, Cricket on the Hill, The Larimer Lounge, The Hi-Dive, the Meadowlark Lounge, the Oriental Theater, the D Note, Surfside 7, and Swing Station.

We have been fortunate to share the stage with many of the extremely talented people who call Colorado home, as well as a few national artists such as Slim Cessna’s Auto Club (Alternative Tentacles), The Railbenders, The Be Good Tanyas (Nettwerk), Bobby Bare Jr. (Bloodshot Records), Dusty Rhodes and the River Band (Side One Dummy Records), and Panda and Angel (Jade Tree). We were also nominated in the Westword Music Showcase in the “Country / Alt-Country” category.

Our main, all consuming goal at the moment is to get people to pronounce and spell our beautiful name correctly. Just remember...there is no “i” in "team" or in "Hollyfelds," but there ARE three “L’s”.

Listen to what these fine folk have to say, we didn't even bribe them:

'The Hollyfelds' boisterous set at the Meadowlark on Saturday satisfied completely. . . mining a vein of traditional country-folk that invigorated the crowd. . .led by silk-voiced singers Eryn Hoerig and Kate Grigsby [The Hollyfelds] ran through a set of originals and covers that helped the subterranean Meadowlark feel like a summery back porch.' - The Denver Post

'Talk about sweet - take one listen to the harmonizing vocals of Eryn Hoerig and Katie Grigsby, and you will fall in love with this band.' -The Vail Daily

'I really like the harmony. . .That was phenomenal. . .I really like the song [Empress of Wyoming].' - Hyper Nonsense no.26

'. . . all-out country music . . .with. . .two stunning front women and [a] solid, swaying rhythm section. . .charming. . .Their lazy country pace and swelling two-part harmonies made crying in your beer the most natural thing to do.' - Japan Implosion no.7

'I was laying down listening to this. . . and suddenly it occurred to me 'Oh man, this is not the band I'm going to see tonight! They are halfway across the country!' and I was totally disappointed.' -

'[They] make the Dixie Chicks look like shit.' -Dale, Patron, Cricket on the Hill




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Wildy's World

A Masterpiece.
Alt-Country. Americana. Folk/bluegrass/pop. Call it what you will. The Hollyfelds have made one of the finest alt-country albums of the past 10 years.

Drawing on sounds from classic country to Appalachian folk, Saratoga is a musician’s dream. Start with the dueling vocals of Eryn Hoerig and Kate Grigsby. Their vocals wrap around one another in harmonies so tight they’ll make you want to cry, laugh out loud and jump for joy. You’d be happy listening to bathroom cleaner jingles as long as they were sung by these two.

Luckily, the material here far surpasses bad ad campaigns, and the rest of the band is sufficiently talented to effectively balance the two leads. Keith Hoerig and “Magic Sam” Spitzer create a tight rhythm section, while Tim Mallot fleshes out the sound with an old-country charm. Musically they walk the line between The Be Good Tanyas and Over The Rhine (not bad company).

The songs? This is where it gets really interesting. These are some of the most finely-crafted country songs you’ll run across west of Nashville. Luckily The Hollyfelds have not been tainted by the country/pop mania that has engulfed Music City, but are writing the next generation of country standards (or what should be, in a perfect world). “Indecision”, “I’m Gonna Feel Tonight”, and “Burned” are major highlights, but I would challenge any reader to find a weak song here.

Saratoga excites me for the future of The Hollyfelds, and for the future of country music. It’s unfortunate that the current iteration of country radio is not friendly to bands like The Hollyfelds, because they deserve to be heard by as many people as they can reach. Let’s face it. People deserve to hear the Hollyfelds.


Infective. Addictive. When I think I found my favorite song on the album my mood changes and there is a whole new string of songs that speak to me. The vocals are like butter. I love to sing along with music and it is easy to get caught up in the vocals and just belt it out with the vocalists. It is easy to listen to the songs over and over again without tiring of them. The Hollyfelds have won me over. They have caught me up in their music and taken me along for a ride. A fantastic and amazing ride that I will be on for a long time.