Jof Owen

Writer on country music and fear for Holler, The Line Of Best Fit, Nashville Over Here, Rough Trade magazine and Riposte. Also a singer and songwriter with The Boy Least Likely To and Legends Of Country. Lives in London.

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COUNTRY CLASSICSWaylon Jennings - Honky Tonk Heroes

By Jof Owen, December 18, 2020

Honky Tonk Heroes ended up being the first real outlaw-country record, and to many it remains Waylon Jennings' finest moment.

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Whitney Lockert - 'Everyone Makes a Mistake or Two'

By Jof Owen, July 6, 2022

A woozy alt-country slacker anthem about learning emotional intelligence, wrecking relationships and cars, and drinking too much along the way that mixes the driving country rock of Son Volt with the dry humour and irreverence of Jonathan Richman.

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Sad Daddy's 'Cold Rain'

By Jof Owen, December 7, 2021

Jug band fiddle, four-part harmonies and goosebumps aplenty on this porch stomping reflection on the state of the world and a longing for simpler times

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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Kelley Mickwee - Gold Standard

By Jof Owen, March 3, 2022

‘Golden Standard’ sounds gloriously bold and timeless, with all the melodrama and aching of a lost Billy Sherrill recording, as Kelley Mickwee lets her inner Connie Smith rip on this belting country ballad.

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ALBUM REVIEWThe Chicks - Gaslighter

By Jof Owen, December 18, 2020

The Chicks are back, and it’s hard to believe, but this time it’s even more personal.

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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Jaime Wyatt - 'Need Shelter'

By Jof Owen, March 23, 2022

Jaime Wyatt talks to Holler about her friendship with Neal Casal, working together with him on Neon Cross and the video for her new single, taken from the tribute album Highway Butterfly

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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Brennen Leigh - 'In Texas With A Band' featuring Ray Benson

By Jof Owen, March 15, 2022

A western swing ode to touring life in Texas, taken from Obsessed With The West, Leigh's forthcoming collaborative album with Asleep At The Wheel.

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Michael McArthur - 'Run Around'

By Jof Owen, July 7, 2022

‘Run Around’ is one of those songs that will shine brightly in the imaginations of many listeners that fall under its spell.

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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: North Mississippi Allstars - See The Moon

By Jof Owen, December 3, 2021

'See The Moon' is a sizzling chunk of uplifting roots funk from the legendary family collective featuring Sharisse Norman and Lamar Williams Jr - the son of Allman Brothers bassist Lamar Williams Sr - on vocals.

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INTRODUCINGIntroducing: CMAT

By Jof Owen, February 21, 2022

Funny and fiercely intelligent, unable to be molded and unafraid of not fitting in, eccentric and bold and brilliant and unlike anyone else. Holler spoke to CMAT about her new album If My Wife New I'd Be Dead, growing up in Dublin and her dream of being a pop star

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Billy Joe Shaver Songs

By Jof Owen, August 16, 2021

On what would have been his 82nd birthday, we've made a definitive list of Billy Joe Shaver’s best songs to celebrate the rainy, windy morning he was born on.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Carrie Underwood Songs

By Jof Owen, July 22, 2021

In 17 years, Underwood has built an enduring legacy, cementing herself as one of the biggest country music stars of her generation. Holler takes the opportunity to rank a few of the musical highlights from her incredible career, one that doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon.

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INTERVIEWIntroducing: Jaime Wyatt

By Jof Owen, December 18, 2020

A chat with the new queen of outlaw country.

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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Pete Mancini - Old Television

By Jof Owen, January 31, 2022

The singer-songwriter premieres the video for his new single, produced by Drive By Truckers' Matt Patton, exclusively at Holler

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Erin Kinsey

By Jof Owen, March 22, 2022

Already a decade deep into a career that’s found her doing everything from co-writing for Dolly Parton to picking up 20 million streams and counting on TikTok, Erin Kinsey spoke to Holler about being New Artist of the Week.

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Miko Marks - ‘Feel Like Going Home’

By Jof Owen, March 24, 2022

A spine tingling southern rock spiritual of self-discovery, Miko Marks premiers her new single 'Feel Like Going Home' exclusively at Holler.

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Lydia Luce - 'Cosmic Flower'

By Jof Owen, April 7, 2022

The profoundly beautiful ‘Cosmic Flower’ offers a series of similes, fusing Luce's passion and inspiration for the vastness of nature with those same feelings in her relationship.

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INTERVIEWIntroducing: Lainey Wilson

By Jof Owen, February 19, 2021

“Country music. It’s just who I am” - Lainey Wilson discusses finding her true home in Nashville, working with producer Jay Joyce, and leaning into deeper parts of herself on her new album Sayin' What I'm Thinkin'.

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Effie Zilch featuring Miko Marks - 'Room For Us All'

By Jof Owen, June 8, 2022

The new single from Effie Zilch is a masterpiece of bluesy southern rock that never stops reaching upwards and pushing onwards, like a wise old companion for navigating the fears and frustrations of everyday life with dignity and hope.

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Hannah Bethel - 'Until the Sun Comes Back Around EP'

By Jof Owen, March 21, 2022

Switching seamlessly between stripped back ethereal Americana to strident country rock, its Hannah Bethel's deeply vivid songwriting that really pulls you in close.

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INTERVIEWTen Year Town: Erin Rae

By Jof Owen, February 22, 2022

Holler spoke to Erin Rae about growing up in Nashville, what living there still means to her and how the city has changed over the 10 years she’s been playing in and around it.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best John Denver Songs

By Jof Owen, January 6, 2022

John Denver is all too often written off as a pop-country lightweight. Holler takes a look back at his musical highs, finding an artist who flew his own path through country.

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INTERVIEWNew Artist Of The Week: Jack Barksdale

By Jof Owen, March 1, 2022

The 14-year-old, Fort Worth, Texas-based Americana singer-songwriter is set to release his first full-length studio album, Death of a Hummingbird, on March 4; an album of such incredible scope and beauty it belies his age.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Summer Country Songs

By Jof Owen, June 24, 2021

Time to stock up on hayfever tablets and smother yourself in factor 50 - here are the best summer country songs according to Holler.

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Stacy Antonel - ‘Always the Outsider’

By Jof Owen, May 18, 2022

Written after a night out at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge, ‘Always the Outsider’ is a delightful misfit anthem that pours one out for the lonely wallflower in us all

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GUIDEGone Country

By Jof Owen, June 21, 2021

We take a look at 10 occasions non-country artists hit the motherload and unexpectedly came up with some (fairly) solid country classics.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Sturgill Simpson Songs

By Jof Owen, December 18, 2020

As much at odds with the genre as he was in thrall of it, Sturgill Simpson was always destined to be one such cowboy; refusing to play by the rules or suck up to the establishment.

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist Of The Week: Austin Burke

By Jof Owen, March 30, 2022

Austin Burke talks to Holler about his Changed Everything EP, growing up in Arizona and becoming TikTok famous.

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COUNTRY CLASSICSDeana Carter - Did I Shave My Legs For This?

By Jof Owen, September 13, 2021

Did I Shave My Legs For This? caught the fever that was tearing through country music in the 90s, as a new army of women spiced up tradition with a reinvigorated tone of feisty independence.

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INTERVIEWTen Year Town: Ashley Monroe

By Jof Owen, April 30, 2021

Rosegold is the sound of Ashley Monroe scratching an itch - diving into the unknown and coming up more than ever like herself. The journey for the singer-songwriter is just beginning.

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist Of The Week: Grady Spencer & the Work

By Jof Owen, January 5, 2022

Fort Worth, Texas-based band Grady Spencer & the Work talk us through their new album Wait and exclusively premiere the video for their new single 'Grown'

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Izaak Opatz

By Jof Owen, April 27, 2022

His playful pinpoint observations on life’s little absurdities are sung with wry humour and tongue-in-cheek candour. As heartbreaking as he often is hilarious, Izaak Opatz is our new favourite anti-country star

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ALBUM REVIEWBrandy Clark - Your Life Is A Record

By Jof Owen, December 18, 2020

If mainstream country can’t find a place in its heart for Brandy Clark, then the rest of the world will be more than happy to let her into theirs.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Johnny Cash Songs

By Jof Owen, September 27, 2021

Johnny Cash was one of those rarest of things: an artist who managed to crossover into all walks of life, somehow meaning something to almost everyone. It's something even rarer still for a country singer.

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GUIDEA Guide To: Country's Most Iconic Couples

By Jof Owen, February 11, 2021

A look into some of country music’s famous love stories throughout history, proving the old adage that the couple that sings together, stays together. Well, most of the time.

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Leon Timbo - 'Never Too Much'

By Jof Owen, April 28, 2022

Taking the peppy R&B swagger of the Luther Vandroos original, slowing it right down and reworking it as an otherworldly country-soul spiritual, Leon Timbo pulls something deep and powerfully life-affirming from the song.

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STAFF PICKSMiranda Lambert - Palomino

By Jof Owen, April 27, 2022

Palomino revels in the idea of how good it feels to not be tied down to anything or anyone, to always be passing through the world and all the possibilities it becomes rich with when you do.

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GUIDEA Guide To: The Troubled Relationship Between Fonts and Country Music

By Jof Owen, January 11, 2021

Florida Georgia Linotype? Chalkboard Psychopath? Holler investigates ten of the most widely used font styles in country music to discover the secrets behind the typefaces. Here are 10 fonts and the truth.

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Lindsay Lou - 'Don't Go Back'

By Jof Owen, June 23, 2022

Taken from her forthcoming You Thought You Knew EP, ‘Don’t Look Back’ came about during the lockdown; a musical fruit of Lindsay Lou and her home, the infamous Petway house in Nashville; as much a part of the music scene there as the players that have passed through it over the years.

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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Elliot C Way - 'Bleed'

By Jof Owen, May 23, 2022

A trippy feast of B-movie green screens, practical effects and cartoonish gore, the video for 'Bleed' - the achingly honest new single from Elliot C Way - is premiering exclusively at Holler

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INTERVIEWThe Songs That Changed My Life: Matt Andersen

By Jof Owen, May 24, 2022

Talking through his choices, it quickly becomes obvious that Matt Andersen is equally as drawn to the singers as much as the songs themselves.

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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Jason Scott & The High Heat - 'Quittin' Time'

By Jof Owen, January 12, 2022

Caught halfway between amplified Americana and big hooks heartland roots-rock, Jason Scott & the High Heat create a sweeping, dynamic sound that reaches far beyond the traditions of their Oklahoma City home.

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STAFF PICKSEsther Rose - How Many Times

By Jof Owen, March 26, 2021

The third album from Esther Rose - her first for Full Time Hobby - is a harmony drenched alt-country heartbreak record. While augmenting her lap steel and fiddle with glossy mountain-top folk-pop, she dives headfirst into her most introspective and deeply personal songs thus far.

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INTERVIEWNew Artist of the Week: Gina Leslie

By Jof Owen, February 10, 2022

After coming to our attention here at Holler through playing on and adding harmonies to Esther Rose’s How Many Times last year, we spoke to Gina Leslie about her upbringing, writing songs and recording her new EP No, You're Crying

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COUNTRY CLASSICSBrooks & Dunn - Brand New Man

By Jof Owen, August 13, 2021

30 years on and Brand New Man still sounds as sparkling and fresh as it did when it first came out, its influence echoing back out from contemporary artists Midland to Jon Pardi.

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GUIDEA Guide To: Country Singers' Cocktails

By Jof Owen, May 13, 2021

Are we drunk or is he drunk? Are you drunk? We really don’t know what’s going on anymore. Time we called it a night. Happy World Cocktail Day!

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Christine Sweeney - 'Denial'

By Jof Owen, April 14, 2022

As Christine Sweeney readies her new album, Heart In A Hurry, she gives us a taste of what to expect with ‘Denial’, a honey-hooked character study of relationships as they fall apart and the coping mechanisms we often use to negotiate the fall out.

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COUNTRY CLASSICSWillie Nelson - Stardust

By Jof Owen, June 21, 2022

Stardust managed to capture something almost childlike in its simplicity; Nelson’s gently picked guitar drawing out the melancholy from the songs and filling the space around it with a wistful sense of the slow passing of time. The whole album is just a step away from being a collection of really fucking sad Muppets songs.

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INTERVIEWPremiere: George Shingleton's 'Talkin' Whiskey'

By Jof Owen, February 9, 2022

A stomping chunk of soulful southern country rock and an end-of-the-world drinking anthem for the ultimate last orders call, Shingleton rolls his Sturgill-meets-Stapleton West Virginia drawl around the state of the world as it all falls apart.

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INTERVIEWOne Hot Minute: Corb Lund

By Jof Owen, January 19, 2022

The award winning Canadian singer talks about his forthcoming album Songs My Friends Wrote, a collection of his favourite tracks written by close friends and world-class songwriters such as Hayes Carll, Todd Snider, Canadian Country Music Legend Ian Tyson and more.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Country Songs for Dads

By Jof Owen, February 4, 2022

Aww dads, aren’t they just the best? There’s always room for a few big weepers in any list of country songs about fatherhood, so grab a handful of hankies, sit back and enjoy Holler’s list of the best country songs about dads.

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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Caleb Caudle - 'Forsythia'

By Jof Owen, August 9, 2022

Caleb Caudle finds beauty in simpler times.

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Willi Carlisle - 'Life on the Fence'

By Jof Owen, May 16, 2022

A wonderfully eccentric take on old-timey folk-country; a heartbreakingly honest protest song about the trials of bisexuality in a culture that shies away from nearly any expression of love between two men.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Dolly Parton Songs

By Jof Owen, January 1, 2022

Dolly Parton is more than just a cultural icon; she’s a fairy godmother to us all. Holler spent a long weekend listening to her vast collection of songs and picked out 20 of our favourites.

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ESSENTIALSThe Funniest Johnny Cash Songs

By Jof Owen, February 18, 2021

A list of the silliest and funniest songs from The Man In Black.

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STAFF PICKSAmanda Shires - Take It Like A Man

By Jof Owen, July 29, 2022

Amanda Shires has been waiting to take her throne for too long, but Take It Like A Man is the record that finally confirms her ascension. Long live the Queen. Americana finally has a pop icon it can be proud of.

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GUIDEA Guide To: Tom T. Hall

By Jof Owen, August 24, 2021

‘The Storyteller’, Tom T. Hall, passed away on August 20, 2021. Here, we look back at his life through the songs that made him one of the greatest country songwriters of all time. You could start anywhere with his work, but if you’re going to start somewhere, these essentials are as good a place as any.

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: David Beck - 'Crooked Talk'

By Jof Owen, August 11, 2022

'Crooked Talk' is sweet, laid-back slacker pop that feels like that first lick of ice cream on a sunny day.

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STAFF PICKSTaylor Swift - Evermore

By Jof Owen, December 18, 2020

Whether Evermore is the end of the fourth wave or just its midpoint is a question it seems even Taylor herself doesn’t know the answer to. Nevertheless, we wouldn’t mind staying here a while longer still.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best George Strait Songs

By Jof Owen, December 18, 2020

Holler takes a look at the musical highlights from four decades at the very top of country music.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Country Love Songs

By Jof Owen, January 1, 2022

Holler picks out 20 of country music’s soppiest love songs

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Zach Willdee

By Jof Owen, June 9, 2022

Mixing the outlaw swagger of Waylon Jennings with the smooth-as-custard creaminess of golden age Merle Haggard, Willdee is classic in that same only-in-America way that Wranglers, Coca Cola and Easy Cheese are.

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LONG READCarly Pearce: A Country Star Reborn

By Jof Owen, September 22, 2021

The next chapter of Carly Pearce’s life is underway; an unputdownable page-turner with one of country music’s most exciting new characters taking the lead role. A star has been born. Again.

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Elliah Heifetz

By Jof Owen, April 12, 2022

Elliah Heifetz takes the overtired tropes of country music and affectionately tips them up on their arse with a playfulness and sagacity reminiscent of John Prine and Kris Kristofferson.

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Catie Offerman

By Jof Owen, April 4, 2022

Catie Offerman is our New Artist of the Week here at Holler, and we sat down with her to chat to her about growing up in Texas, her love of country music and what inspires her.

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INTERVIEWIntroducing: Esther Rose

By Jof Owen, January 27, 2021

The Alt-Country singer-songwriter discusses coming full circle with country music, the pain of writing 'How Many Times' and how touring needs to focus on its environmental impact upon its return.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Alan Jackson Songs

By Jof Owen, October 15, 2021

For a little over 30 years, Alan Jackson has kept it country with a down-home honesty, humour, integrity, unpretentiousness and personal warmth that’s made country music fans all over the world connect with his earthy baritone.

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: The Deslondes - 'South Dakota Wild One'

By Jof Owen, April 6, 2022

Holler talk to The Deslondes about their new track 'South Dakota Wild One' and their forthcoming new album, Ways & Means

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Town Mountain - 'Seasons Don't Change'

By Jof Owen, July 28, 2022

‘Seasons Don't Change’ is the next taste of Town Mountain's forthcoming album Lines in the Levee, due out on October 7th, on New West Records.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Crystal Gayle Songs

By Jof Owen, July 13, 2022

Pop country as we know it today wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for Crystal Gayle.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Miranda Lambert Songs

By Jof Owen, November 11, 2021

Revelling in all the heartbreak and happiness that a well-lived life throws at you, Lambert set the bar for a whole new generation of country singers.

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INTERVIEWIntroducing: Margo Cilker

By Jof Owen, November 15, 2021

Holler catches up with the Oregon-based singer/songwriter following the release of her album Pohorylle

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Taylor Swift Songs

By Jof Owen, November 18, 2021

It'd be difficult to narrow down a list of top songs for a lot of artists, but with Taylor Swift, it’s damn near impossible. If you picked 10 Swifties off the street and asked them for their favourite song, you’d get different answers from all of them. Nevertheless, we’re giving it a crack.

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist Of The Week: The Pine Hearts

By Jof Owen, February 16, 2022

Holler sat down with Joey Capoccia from The Pine Hearts to talk about their travels, growing up in Olympia, Washington, and the inspirations for their songwriting.

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INTRODUCINGBob Sumner: Video Premiere - 'Broken Record'

By Jof Owen, May 3, 2022

‘Broken Record’ is a song for the bottom of that first bottle and the first few sips of the second; for those nights when all you want to do is sit there and soak it up in a bar that feels like home.

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INTRODUCINGExclusive Premiere: Catie Offerman - 'Taking Chances'

By Jof Owen, May 24, 2022

Watch a brand new exclusive video from Catie Offerman as she takes Holler back to Texas and tell us how a little toy accordion started it all

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GUIDEA Guide To: Unearthing the Genius of Rodger Wilhoit

By Jof Owen, February 25, 2021

He never did get lucky when all else failed. But maybe, all these years later, Rodger Wilhoit might just get a posthumous roll of the dice.

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ALBUM REVIEWJaime Wyatt - Neon Cross

By Jof Owen, December 18, 2020

Jaime Wyatt is the new anti-hero of outlaw country and Neon Cross serves as her misfit manifesto.

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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Jake La Botz - 'Hair on Fire'

By Jof Owen, June 16, 2022

A loose fusion of floor-thumping country, hand-clapping gospel folk and low down, dirty delta blues that lifts you up and shakes out your soul.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Country Christmas Songs

By Jof Owen, December 20, 2021

While tucking into our mince pie ice cream and taste-testing the best Irish creams, we made this list of the best country Christmas Songs ever! Happy Holler-days!

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Rachel McIntyre Smith - 'Miss Highfalutin'

By Jof Owen, August 4, 2022

A joyful, tongue-in-cheek take down, Rachel McIntyre Smith revisits and reworks the classic sound of honky tonk and traditional country but adds just enough contemporary production touches to make it sound fresh and relevant.

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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Andrew Duhon - 'Emerald Blue'

By Jof Owen, June 22, 2022

‘Emerald Blue’ sits happily at the crossroads of harmony-drenched pop, rustic Americana, Appalachian folk and about a half-dozen other styles, all meeting and mixing round the warmth of Duhon’s vocals; world weary, stretched and always full of soul.

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INTRODUCINGLilly Winwood - Keep It Spinning

By Jof Owen, August 10, 2022

With its warm 70s soft rock sound and poppy hooks, 'Keep It Spinning' sounds like Linda Ronstadt on a road trip with the Go-Gos.

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Gabrielle Metz - 'Mixtape'

By Jof Owen, July 27, 2022

A box fresh slice of delicious country pop that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on Speak Now and brings to mind contemporaries like Catherine McGrath or Kelsea Ballerini as she playfully spins out the mixtape metaphor to take in all the different sides to her own personality.

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STAFF PICKSEric Church - Heart & Soul

By Jof Owen, April 20, 2021

Heart & Soul is a tour de force of heartland rock and driving country soul that more than holds up under the weight of its own ambition and influences, as Church gloves up for three more rounds of fighting the good fight for country music.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Halloween Country Songs

By Jof Owen, October 26, 2021

Get the apples bobbing, stick a bowl of candy by the door and sit back to enjoy some of country music’s spookiest moments with Holler’s guide to the best Halloween Country songs.

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INTERVIEWThe Kernal: The Other Side of Country

By Jof Owen, February 24, 2022

The history of country music has always been written by its misfits; the square pegs that refuse to fit into the round holes that the industry carved out for them. The Kernal has become pivotal for a certain type of non-conformist country music coming out of unexpected places all across America.

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GUIDEA Guide To: What Is Americana?

By Jof Owen, April 22, 2021

Jof's got his investigative Stetson on again. This time, he's trying to solve one of the greatest musical mysteries of the modern era: what actually is Americana?

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INTRODUCINGNew Artist Of The Week: William Poyer

By Jof Owen, March 8, 2022

Inspired by the music of Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Chris Stapleton and Jason Isbell, the powerful poetic songs of the Welsh singer songwriter William Poyer are the sort that can save you when you need saving the most.

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Ryan Culwell's 'Wild Sometimes'

By Jof Owen, January 10, 2022

The Texas raised singer wraps his panhandle poetic sensibilities around this true life coming of age mini-drama from his new album Run Like A Bull

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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Jerry Leger - 'Kill It With Kindness'

By Jof Owen, March 14, 2022

Jerry Leger premieres the video for the wonderfully sludgy slacker rock of ‘Kill It With Kindness’, taken from his latest album Nothing Pressing.

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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Joshua Dylan Balis - 'Lydia'

By Jof Owen, May 5, 2022

Leaning into the stadium-sized grandeur of War on Drugs and Tom Petty, as well as the lyrical brilliance of John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen, 'Lydia' is a blissful slice of breezy heartland Americana; the kind of song that plays while the credits roll on a coming-of-age movie.

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GUIDEA Guide To: A Thanksgiving Menu from the Stars

By Jof Owen, November 22, 2021

The Holler team trial country stars' favourite Thanksgiving recipes, courtesy of in-house chef and resident American, Baylen Leonard.

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ALBUM REVIEWRandall King - Shot Glass

By Jof Owen, March 17, 2022

There’s an old-fashioned sensitivity and a likeable softness to King’s particular brand of cowboy masculinity, but make no mistake, this is softboi country territory we’re riding in here, ladies.

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INTRODUCINGSingle Premiere: Alannah McCready - Can I Call

By Jof Owen, March 2, 2022

A breezy duet that digs into the emotional tussle of a long-distance relationship and the loneliness of being in love but living on two separate coasts.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Tim McGraw Songs

By Jof Owen, December 1, 2021

In his 30-year career, Tim McGraw has sold more than 50 million records worldwide, while taking 10 of his albums and 43 of his singles all the way to #1. Holler took a round trip back to pick out the very best of them.

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INTRODUCINGSingle Premiere: Brandon Davis - 'Something's Better Than Nothing'

By Jof Owen, March 17, 2022

The new single from breakout singer Brandon Davis couldn’t come at a better time. As the world seems to quietly fall in on us, it’s a timely reminder to just stop sometimes and take a moment to be grateful for what we have.

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GUIDEA Guide To: The Best CMA Awards Moments

By Jof Owen, November 9, 2021

Awards ceremonies are notoriously juicy affairs. We take a look back at 10 of the most unforgettable CMA Awards moments.

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ESSENTIALSThe Best Hank Williams Jr Songs

By Jof Owen, April 1, 2022

Holler takes a trip back through the years to pick out some of the highlights from Williams Jr’s half-century at the top of country music.

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ALBUM REVIEWNiko Moon - GOOD TIME

By Jof Owen, August 25, 2021

The 14 tracks that make up his delightful debut album, Good Time, are full of barefoot, homespun wisdom. Niko Moon sits back, forgets all about it and just lets the world go by.

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INTRODUCINGAlbum Premiere: Teddy and the Rough Riders

By Jof Owen, June 30, 2022

Nashville's best kept secret Teddy and the Rough Riders talk about their new self-titled, Margo Price-produced album and premiere it exclusively with Holler

Artist - Charles Wesley Godwin
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INTRODUCINGNew Artist Of The Week: Charles Wesley Godwin

By Jof Owen, January 26, 2022

Charles Wesley Godwin talks about his latest album, How The Mighty Fall, and how his life and songwriting has changed since returning home to West Virginia

Crystal Gayle
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INTERVIEWTen Year Town: Crystal Gayle

By Jof Owen, July 16, 2021

The songs Crystal Gayle recorded broke the ground for artists like Kacey Musgraves to walk on today. As Countrypolitan crossed over into the pop mainstream, Gayle was pushing it a step further with a soft pop sound that was like nothing else in country music at the time.

Album - Carly Pearce - 29: Written In Stone
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ALBUM REVIEWCarly Pearce - 29: Written In Stone

By Jof Owen, September 15, 2021

As crushing and humiliating as heartbreak can be, it always allows for a rebirth of sorts. For Carly Pearce, it's resulted in 29: Written In Stone - a modern country music masterpiece.

Holler Country Music
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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Flying Mojito Bros - 'Greatest Hits Mixtape'

By Jof Owen, June 2, 2022

Whether you’re crouching under an umbrella on a windy English beach desperately trying to light a barbecue or getting your gams out in the sunshine in Primavera, turn it up and enjoy this exclusive hour long Flying Mojito Bros mix! Your long bank holiday weekend starts here!

Holler Country Music
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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Martha Spencer – ‘Young Rover’

By Jof Owen, July 19, 2022

A softly-picked, harmony-soaked mountain ballad that brings to mind Laura Cantrell or Gillian Welch, topped off with a sprinkle of longing and a big delicious dollop of yearning on top.

Madi Diaz
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INTERVIEWIntroducing: Madi Diaz

By Jof Owen, August 30, 2021

Over ice cream for breakfast, Madi Diaz discusses her new record History Of A Feeling - her most poignant and emotionally introspective release to date.

Holler Country Music
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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Hannah Juanita - 'Girl, Where You From?'

By Jof Owen, May 4, 2022

Front and centre in the march of alt-country traditionalists on Nashville, Hannah Juanita is back waving the banner for her brand of bare-knuckle throwback country, as she boldly reimagines classic honky tonk for the 2020s.

Sesame Country
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COUNTRY CLASSICSVarious Artists - Sesame Country

By Jof Owen, January 14, 2021

As country entered the 80s with an outlaw hangover, it would be left to a certain group of lovable educational puppets to return it to its roots.

Holler Country Music
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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Sophia Scott

By Jof Owen, April 20, 2022

Sophia Scott spoke to Holler about her distinctive blend of powerhouse R&B, poppy West Coast rock and traditional country and her forthcoming EP

Artist - Tanya Tucker 1
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ESSENTIALSThe Best Tanya Tucker Songs

By Jof Owen, August 9, 2022

Holler takes a look back at 50 years of country classics and tries to whittle it down to just 10.

Artist - Johanna Samuels
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INTERVIEWCuts The Deepest: Johanna Samuels

By Jof Owen, August 18, 2021

Johanna Samuels shares her love for Elliott Smith, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Nina Simone and The Beach Boys in her selections for Cuts The Deepest.

Jimmy Buffett - Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes
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ALBUM REVIEWJimmy Buffett - Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes

By Jof Owen, January 31, 2022

Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes took Buffett from a cult party-song favourite to an international cultural icon and stadium-filling touring artist, whose albums sold in the millions.

Holler Country Music
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ESSENTIALSThe Best Songs of The Judds

By Jof Owen, May 26, 2022

Over the course of six years, The Judds notched up 14 no.1 hits, released five studio albums and won five Grammy Awards and eight CMA Awards; ensuring a legacy that has endured over the three decades since.

Holler Country Music
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ALBUM REVIEWHoney Harper - Starmaker

By Jof Owen, December 18, 2020

Kitschy, spacey and playfully futuristic - Honey Harper's debut confirms him as a star in the making.

Le Ren
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INTERVIEWIntroducing: Le Ren

By Jof Owen, January 18, 2022

From her home in Montreal, Le Ren talks Holler through her debut LP, Leftovers.

Holler Country Music
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LONG READOver Yonder: Nigeria’s love affair with country music

By Jof Owen, December 18, 2020

Country music in Nigeria begins the way it pretty much begins everywhere – with the blue yodel of Jimmie Rodgers.

Holler Country Music
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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Conner Smith

By Jof Owen, January 18, 2022

One of Holler’s New For 2022 artists, we sat down with Conner Smith to talk through his plans for the year and look back on a country music journey that began when he was just 6 years old.

Glen Campbell & Tanya Tucker
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ESSENTIALSThe Best Country Running Songs

By Jof Owen, January 6, 2022

Run, Jof, Run! Holler's Head of Music Baylen Leonard sends our roving reporter Jof Owen out jogging to test out the best country running songs

Holler Country Music
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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Abbey Cone

By Jof Owen, May 11, 2022

It’s definitely the same kind of party that you’ll find left-field country pop singers like Maren Morris, Jillian Jacqueline, Cam and Lauren Alaina dancing at, but Abbey Cone is more than capable of holding her own on the dancefloor and throwing down with the rest of them.

Holler Country Music
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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Daisy Chute - 'Cradle Song'

By Jof Owen, March 4, 2022

The Scottish-American singer combines her musical backgrounds in Celtic folk, American roots, classical and jazz, reimagining ‘Cradle Song’ as a haunting lullaby and a paean to the enduring strength and pain of motherhood.

Holler Country Music
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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Louis Brennan & Michele Stodart - 'A Full House'

By Jof Owen, May 25, 2022

A brooding late night pairing up of Holler favourite Louis Brennan with Michele Stodart of the Magic Numbers for their delicately understated duet ‘A Full House’

Holler Country Music
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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: The Whitmore Sisters

By Jof Owen, January 11, 2022

Holler spoke to The Whitmore Sisters about Ghost Stories, the first time the acclaimed alt-country sisters will have crossed the streams of their individual musical powers and made an album together as a group.

Holler Country Music
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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Bailey Tomkinson

By Jof Owen, June 1, 2022

Hailing from the delightful coastal town of St Ives in Cornwall, Bailey Tomkinson has been busily making a name for herself on both sides of the Atlantic for the last couple of years with her unique blend of surf-rock, sun-soaked romance and sweet Americana tinged pop.

Holler Country Music
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INTRODUCINGSingle Premiere: Erika Lewis - Loser

By Jof Owen, February 14, 2022

The first taste of the debut album from Tuba Skinny alumni Erika Lewis is premiering exclusively on Holler

Holler Country Music
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INTRODUCINGPremiere: Casey Noel - 'Playing God'

By Jof Owen, March 7, 2022

A modern take on the murder ballad tradition, ‘Playing God’ tackles domestic violence and abuse, adding in a philosophical cross-questioning of the country revenge trope over a shuffling delta groove

Holler Country Music
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INTRODUCINGNew Artist Of The Week: Paul Bond

By Jof Owen, February 2, 2022

Holler spoke to Paul Bond about growing up in Holland, going solo and the inspiration behind his new album Sunset Blues.

Artist - Flying Mojito Brothers
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INTERVIEWCuts The Deepest: Flying Mojito Brothers

By Jof Owen, August 4, 2021

Disco mezcaleros the Flying Mojito Brothers pioneer the great electronic wilderness, taking cosmic country funk to modern dancefloors via NYC Latin disco and baggy acid house.

Holler Country Music
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INTRODUCINGVideo Premiere: Louis Brennan - Black Limousine

By Jof Owen, January 25, 2022

The London-based Dubliner is premiering the video for his new single exclusively at Holler.

Chris Stapleton
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ESSENTIALSThe Best Chris Stapleton Songs

By Jof Owen, December 18, 2020

He's released some of country's most extraordinary albums in a little over half a decade. Now, Holler takes a rummage through Chris Stapleton's back catalogue to pick out some of his finest cuts.

Bones Owens
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INTERVIEWIntroducing: Bones Owens

By Jof Owen, February 22, 2021

The Missouri born, Nashville native speaks to Jof Owen about his forthcoming self-titled debut album and growing up on Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Holler Country Music
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ALBUM REVIEWHailey Whitters - The Dream (Deluxe Edition)

By Jof Owen, February 26, 2021

The Dream was an almost perfect slice of traditionalist country when it came out a year ago, so all that the five new songs on Living The Dream can do is drag out the dessert course a little bit longer - but it’s one worth more than worth sticking around for. This deluxe edition is more than just a cherry on top.

Holler Country Music
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ESSENTIALSThe Best Feminist Country Anthems

By Jof Owen, March 8, 2021

We've picked a selection of the best feminist country songs for you to sing along to while celebrating empowering women and dismantling the patriarchy.

Holler Country Music
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INTRODUCINGNew Artist of the Week: Grace Cummings

By Jof Owen, December 1, 2021

The sophomore album from Melbourne based singer Grace Cummings dives even deeper into the dark and dramatic places that her distinctively raw folk songs inhabit.