Lonnie Holley has always been very much his own man – in his artwork, in his cultural presence, and even in his music – which has always been pretty darn hard to describe! Holley sings with the up-close expressiveness of a jazz singer, yet also references plenty of bluesy roots as well – but never in a mode that's blues at all, even though that's where so many others try to put him! Instead, it's almost like Holley is inventing his own sort of musical style – a bit like Terry Callier did at the start of the 70s, or Nina Simone a few years before – and while Lonnie's mode is completely different than Terry's and Nina's, it also shares a similar complexity, spirituality, and immediate sense of identity. Holley plays piano, often in these weird echoey, fluid modes – and other instrumentation includes equally echoey percussion, moog, trombone, and some very cool tape and electronics – on titles that include "I'm A Suspect", "I Snuck Off The Slave Ship", "Copying The Rock", "There Was Always Water", "How Far Is Spaced Out", "I Woke Up In A F*cked Up America", and "Back For Me".
(Limited edition smoke colored vinyl with download.)