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Holly & Ken Road Show

posted Oct 3, 2015, 1:22 PM by Vu Nguyen
Renowned power pop musician, songwriter, and producer, Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, Big Star, R.E.M.) has joined forces with indie musician Holly Muñoz for The Record, a sixteen song concept album inspired by Willie Nelson’s seminal 1975 album Red Headed Stranger.
The duo, known simply as Holly & Ken, first met in a random airport encounter some years ago, but it took four years for them to reconnect. Muñoz sent Stringfellow a copy of her solo debut Maps & Lists, and the seed for their future musical partnership was planted. After playing shows together, Stringfellow invited Muñoz to his studio in France (where he currently resides with his family) to make a country album. The Record will be released on November 10, 2015.  
This concept album features twelve originals penned by Muñoz and Stringfellow, as well as a moving rendition of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic “Edelweiss,” sung by Vicki Peterson. Other notable guests include Matthew Caws, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Keren Ann, and singer-songwriter Shelby Earl.
Holly and Ken are currently running a successful Pledge Music campaign to offset costs for the recording and, this October, they will embark on a thirty-city North American tour to promote The Record. The tour, which kicks off on October 4 in Boulder, will include stops in Minneapolis, Chicago, Nashville, Memphis, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Seattle. A full list of tour dates is included below.
In addition to featuring material from The Record, The Holly & Ken Road Show will also showcase songs from #2 Record, HOLLY's sophomore solo album, recorded and produced by John Vanderslice at his all-analog studio, Tiny Telephone.
Over the years, Stringfellow has been praised for his “uniformly flawless” (Pitchfork) brand of “lush pop perfection” (Mojo), and heralded as “one of the most underrated songwriters of our generation.” (Billboard)Muñoz’s debut effort, produced by John Vanderslice, inspired alt-weekly City Pages to proclaim it “a collection of tracks that are positively drowning in hindsight, reflection, and musings which bleed seductively into lyrics that are lost in time, but still affect the heart.”
The Star Tribune called it a “deep, ornate, dark vs. light collection with lots of strings layering moody guitar work that variously recalls Throwing Muses and Sharon Van Etten.”
Holly & Ken Road Show
Oct 4 - Harmony Music House - Boulder, CO
Oct 5 - Buffalo Exchange - Denver, CO
Oct 6 - Coal Creek Coffee Company - Laramie, WY
Oct 7 - Pop Up Show in a Cave - Rapid City, SD
Oct 8 - Laughing Sun Brewing - Bismarck, ND
Oct 9 - Yoga Garden - Minneapolis, MN
Oct 10 - House Concert - Chicago, IL
Oct 11 - House Concert - Nashville, TN
Oct 13 - Fireside Bar & Lounge - Charleston, WV
Oct 14 - Liveburghstudio - Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 15 - Fine & Raw Chocolate - Brooklyn, NY
Oct 16 - House Concert - Greenwich, CT
Oct 17 - House Concert - New Canaan, CT
Oct 18 - House Concert - Washington DC
Oct 19 - House Concert - Durham, NC
Oct 21 - The Raven House Living Room Show - Lexington, KY
Oct 22 - House Concert - Memphis, TN
Oct 23 - House Concert - Dallas, TX
Oct 24 - Under the Volcano - Houston, TX
Oct 26 - Hope & Anchor - El Paso, TX
Oct 27 - Joshua Tree Saloon - Joshua Tree, CA
Oct 28 - House Concert - Los Angeles, CA
Oct 29 - PianoFight - San Francisco, CA
Oct 30 - Darwin Cafe - San Francisco, CA
Oct 31 - House Concert - San Francisco, CA
Nov 4 - House Concert - Portland, OR
Nov 5 - House Concert - Portland, OR
Nov 6 - House Concert - Bellingham, WA
Nov 7 - Seattle Living Room Shows - Seattle, WA
Nov 8 - Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA