The classic sound of American roots music has been making a steady comeback over the past several years, from the wide-eyed exuberance of the Avett Brothers to the eerily-intimate musings of the Civil Wars to the inescapable banjo onslaught of Mumford & Sons. As with all musical trends, the trick is to avoid being part of the trend at all--the music must be authentic, must be a genuine artistic expression. Fortunately for The Deep Hollow, authenticity is something they have in spades.
Started by singer Elizabeth Eckert and singer/guitarist Micah Walk, the group quickly expanded to include singer/guitarist Dave Littrell, and the three Springfield, IL-based songwriters quickly found that their disparate influences in pop, folk, country, classic rock and more, easily gelled into a stripped-down, harmony-laden ode to classic Americana.
"We've all been performing and releasing albums with other groups or as solo acts for years," Walk says of the band's origin. "Dave has been the frontman of a progressive rock band for over ten years, I front an alt rock band, and Elizabeth has been singing everything from standards to pop since she was a little girl. A few years ago, Liz and I decided to take a stab at writing some songs together after we realized we had some similar influences. After writing a handful of songs and playing a few gigs, Dave came to sit in and immediately became a member of the band."
The group's self-titled, debut album, which reached #3 on the Folk DJ Chart, was recorded at IV Lab Studios in Chicago and mixed by Kyle Lehning (Randy Travis, Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare) in Nashville. The album's dozen tracks run the gamut from country to gospel to pop to folk ballads, each song perfectly showcasing the group's three members individually and as a whole. "Straight To You" opens with a start-stop acoustic groove, supporting a classic story of absence making the heart grow fonder, while "Getting Good at Feeling Bad" is an introspective slice of lovelorn