Small town songbird, country resurgent, spellbinding messenger of heartbreak and womanhood, of another time, another world, and an eternal entity of forgotten stardust is Freya Josephine Hollick.
Bringing blues and honky tonk goodness that transports you back to early Appalachia, through wartime romance, the golden era of country music and into a cosmic hootenanny. Drawing inspiration from the likes of Bill Frisell, Dolly Parton, Ann Peebles and Dean Martin, among many others, Hollick’s live shows encapsulate a multifaceted approach to what no longer can be pigeon holed as country music.
Hollick forged her career on a love of The Carter Family and the Appalachian, but while they still make up the skeleton of her songwriting, they’re layered in guitar sounds reminiscent of Yo La Tengo, Nels Cline and Marc Ribot. Her music is sliding and changing. She encompasses the resurgent cosmic country of the US, moving in the land of Gram Parsons and Sturgill Simpson, the flavours of childhood idols in Al Green and Etta James, yet still revering the old time and blues music she learned from as a teenager in Ballarat. But there’s more still in her odyssey. Latin rhythms and an undeniable jazz influence. A single mum from the Victorian Goldfields, Hollick is on a journey to give herself entirely to the joy of bringing her impeccable songwriting to audiences across the world.