"Hoot and Holler delivers on their debut EP Nothing If Not Young. Grads of the Berklee College of Music, Mark Kilianski and Amy Alvey not only have top-notch chops, they've crafted a top-notch sound that's pleasantly refreshing...The soundscapes are rooted in Old-Time music but with a contemporary feel that keeps the songs fresh and exciting. In short, this is happy music played by happy people with feeling." -Brad Kolodner WAMU's Bluegrass Country
The Mainstay is excited to present this rousing roots music duo! $15 in online advance, $18 phone reservations/door.
A mutual love of American folk music brought Amy Alvey (fiddle, guitar) and Mark Kilianski (guitar, banjo) together. They call themselves Hoot and Holler as a nod to the “hootenanny” song gatherings, while also hinting at the infectious energy of southern barn dances. After cutting their teeth in Boston’s burgeoning music scene for, they could not help but heed the call of the open road, and toured nationally while living in their camper van "Irene". Inspired by the enduring spirit of traditional Appalachian music, they now call Asheville, NC their home. Their music comes across as simple, honest, and fresh to the ears. Fans of tight duo harmonies will love the tender harmonizing between Amy and Mark that recalls masters like Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. Both are Berklee College of Music alumni, and the listener can expect the polished technique of conservatory training, in tandem with the grit, drive, and soul of musicians like Bill Monroe and Ola Belle Reed. Their album "Reasons To Run" plays like a musical cross-country road trip. The album starts off with a cajun groove harkening to the Louisiana swamps, while "Too Many Reasons To Run" was inspired by the sparse beauty of the Southwestern desert. With other geographical references to Virginia, New Orleans, and Kentucky, Hoot and Holler invite you to experience their soundscapes, described as a "fresh and distinctive blend that can only be earned the hard way - through thousands of miles and hundreds of nights on the road."
Hoot and Holler have with such notable acts as: Ricky Skaggs, Red Tail Ring, The Revelers, Sam Moss, Roochie Toochie and The Ragtime Shephard Kings, Charm City Junction, Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards, Dan Blakeslee, Sarah Jane Scouten, Hannah Shira Naiman, Twisted Pine, The Brother Brothers, Two Guys Named Ben and Lula Wiles.