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Jammin' with Pistol Holler

Cincy’s newest hot country band is Pistol Holler. The five guys that form the band are ex Christian band bros turned contemporary country. Frontman Ryan tested his chops on American Idol and went all the way to the main stage. Six string man Jeff writes as well as he plays scoring chart songs on Gospel Charts. Guitar mate Josh has also scored his work in the gospel (CCM) charts. He can call it Christian if he wants to, but his heart is obviously part hard rock & roll. Bassist Danny has 3 studio CDs and 14 Winterfest events under his belt. He brings the pro bump to the band. Together they focus their collective experience into nothing less than raw rock & country, loud & proud. They took Toby Keith’s by storm. Playing a week day show Pistol Holler’s crowd quickly over ran the staff & took the club by surprise. That’s a big bar and packing folk in, to standing room only isn’t easy, let alone on a week day. They have repeats of that experience all over the area and even as far as Tennessee.
It’s no surprise. Pistol Holler comes packing a slick polished radio ready sound. You can hear for yourself on the band’s reverbnation page “Country Must be Country Wide”, “So Much More (Original)”, “Tattoos On This Town” and “Folsom Prison Blues”. I saw them live just two days after their CD release. I knew they’d be good based on the web content, the live show was impressive and more than expected.
Ladies crowded the stage. Pistol Holler covered all the hot current country hits with ease, plus their original songs merited much applause. More than a few fans were singing along with the originals. That’s always a great sign. They’re good tunes.
The band is touring within several states religiously. Manager JT is strategically placing them in large venues and festivals, while continuing local shows on a limited basis. He believes he can push Pistol Holler up to a regional//national level shortly.
I’ve seen a couple good Cincy country bands in my time with CV and Pistol Holler is as good as any and better than most. Their original work is catchy and solidly radio worthy. But then again, so is Dan Varner’s. DVB’s CD is still far ahead of anything I’ve seen released by any Cincy band, country or otherwise. You don’t hear B105 playing it though do you? Much of that has to do with corporate bitches like Clear Channel who control what’s played, and therefore what’s popular. It’s not about good music and talent anymore. It’s about long term ad contracts, payoffs and powerful friends. My point is, “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock & roll”
Don’t let my jaded view of the music biz influence you at all. I wish the band (Ryan (vocals), Jeff (guitar), Josh (guitar), Danny (bass) & Jason (drums) all the luck in the world and godspeed on their music biz climb. I dig the tunes and appreciate the pro work that goes into their performance. Pistol Holler has the goods to do well on CMT, or the Opry. I just wonder if anyone will let them in when they get there.
In the meantime, catch Pistol Holler at a venue near you and save yourself the ticketmaster fees they’ll be charging in the future (perhaps). The new CD is well worth buying, soon you’ll be a sing along fan when they dig into their originals. That’s always cool. Big time music makers or solid pro local club act, either way Pistol Holler is a band you’ll be hearing more of.

 

 

 

 

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