John Holk & The Sequins

John Holk & The Sequins

 Detroit, Michigan, USA

Original songs made up of equal parts honky tonk and 60s pop/rock, John Holk's lonesome tenor and Carrie Shepard's close harmony coast on a bed of jangly 12-string electric and pedal steel guitar while the solidest of 2-beats propels feet towards the dancefloor.


John Holk & The Sequins are part of the red-hot Detroit Honky Tonk scene and play original songs influenced equally by honky tonk and classic rock. The Sequins’ new record "If You See Her" [Hole-Key Records] has been described by Steve Ferra of as "The Twang-Pop record of 2010". Released in November 2010, "If You See Her" is a document of John Holk's longstanding obsession with pure honky tonk, close harmony, and pure jangly pop music. As the principal songwriter in the band, Holk's main influences are Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, the Beatles, and Gene Clark. Having played at both Honky Tonk Detroit festivals ('08 & '09) and the notorious Honky Tonk Throwdowns I and II, the Sequins are fast becoming one of Detroit’s most consistently entertaining live country shows. Backing Holk is a truly formidable band that includes Gary Czabot and John Lang on electric and pedal steel guitars, Alex Trajano and Todd Glass on bass and drums, and the bewitching Carrie Shepard on vocals and tambourine. Since 2008, John Holk & The Sequins have been regular hosts of "Honky Tonk Tuesday" at Club Bart in Ferndale, one of the area's best-loved weekly musical events by musicians and country music fans alike. The Sequins are hard at work on a new record and booking more shows for 2011.


LP - "John Holk & the Backcountry" (2003)
LP - "If You See Her" (2010)

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Besides our 20-odd originals we play the music of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers, Buck Owens, Elvis Presley, Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Wynn Stewart, Johnny Horton, Charlie Walker, Nick Lowe, the Byrds, Connie Smith, Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow and Willie Nelson.