Mountain Holler

Mountain Holler


High energy, traditional bluegrass with a slight contemporary flair. Tight harmonies, resonant voices, and upper level instrumental leads make for a pleasureable and entertaining performance.
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Greg Blake - guitar & vocals ... Greg was born in southern West Virginia and, from there, acquired his love for bluegrass and mountain-flavored music. After graduating from high school, he moved to Kansas City where he attended the college. While in Kansas City, Greg joined up with The Bluegrass Missourians. He was a member of that band for nearly 15 years, having the opportunity to open for great bluegrass acts such as Bill Monroe, The Osborne Brothers, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson and Ricky Skaggs. Greg is a Kansas State Flatpicking champion and, at one point in his career, was selected Bluegrass Guitar Performer of the Year 5 years in a row by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA). He was nominated for that honor a total of 9 times, as well as being nominated twice for Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year.

Emily Wilson - mandolin ... Emily grew up in the mountains west of Denver, Colorado with a deep love of music, playing violin and mandolin. Emily played with the Lakewood Symphony and the Denver Mandolin Orchestra during high school. After high school Emily moved to Durango, Colorado where she attended college, taught fiddle and mandolin at Canyon Music, and played mandolin with Wild Mountain, a popular local band.

Jay Genender - Fiddle ...
Jay Genender grew up in the front range of the Colorado hills. He found the violin at a young age and played in local school orchestras through high school. Jay turned his attention to playing guitar in his college years, but soon found his acoustic side again. Bluegrass music became a love and you’ll often find Jay in a late night Festival Jam somewhere.

Jay teaches music professionally at the Swallow Hill Music Center in Denver, Colorado as well as gives private music lessons in piano, guitar, violin and mandolin techniques from his studio.

Michael Lord - Dobro ...
Michael grew up in rural, southeast Pennsylvania about an hour southwest of Philadelphia. His father is a banjo player, so Michael spent lots of time as a child listening to Flatt & Scuggs and The Seldom Scene and enjoying dancing around the living room on Friday nights when his dad's buddies would come over to jam.

However, he wasn't bit by the pickin' bug until he was 19 when he started playing the guitar and mandolin. At 22, Michael became interested in playing the dobro, and that has become his main ax over the course of the last decade.

Having moved to CO with his wife five years ago, he has thoroughly enjoyed Colorado's eclectic music scene which has fed and expanded his own wide range of musical interests (blues, jazz, classical, rock, heavy metal, hip hop). Presently, Michael is a high school math teacher in Denver.

Tom Carr - Bass ...
Tom was born in Santa Barbara, CA. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. Then Tom moved to Colorado in 2002 and he's been playing acoustic bass, his first stringed instrument, since 2003.

Tom's musical interests include Bluegrass and Bob Marley. Otherwise you'll find Tom skiing the cool local scene on the slopes of Loveland, Colorado, where he can get away from the intermediate skiers and tourists in the bigger areas. Tom says, “Living and playing in the mountains is why I live here.”

Warren Kennison, Jr. - Banjo ... What can we say about this phenom. Warren is a pillar of the Colorado Bluegrass Community. Warren actually wrote the book on Earl Scruggs bluegrass styles, and continues to take the instrument to new heights.
We are delighted and honored to have Warren on this adventure with us, as he is truly one of the finest 5-string Scruggs-style banjo artists around. Hold on to your seats when Warren plays. His machine gun roll attack will knock you over.


More Than A Name on the Wall

Written By: Jimmy Fortune; John Rimel

I saw her from a distance, as she walked up to the wall
In her hand she held some flowers, as her tears began to fall
She took out pen and paper as to trace her mem'ries
She looked up to heaven, and the words she said were these:

She said, "Lord my boy was special, and he meant so much to me
And Oh, I'd love to see him just one more time you see
All I have are the mem'ries and the moments to recall
So Lord could you tell him he's more than a name on the wall"

She said, "He really missed the family, being home on Christmas day
And he died for God and country in a place so far away
I remember just a little boy, playing war since he was three
And Lord this time I know, he's not coming home to me"

She said, "Lord my boy was special, and he meant so much to me
And Oh, I'd love to see him but I know it just can't be
So I thank you for my mem'ries and the moments to recall
But Lord could you tell him he's more than a name on the wall"
Lord could you tell him he's more than a name on the wall"


Mountain Holler - LIVE at the Altona Grange, Sept. 11, 2010!
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Set List

1. Old Train
2. Cheyenne
3. Age
*** Intros. – Emily, Tom, Todd ***
4. Wicked Path of Sin
5.Blue Ridge Cabin Home
*** Intros. – Jay ***
6. You Ought to Be Here with Me
*** Intros. – Michael ***
7. Moonlight Motor Inn
8. Matterhorn
9. Fox on the Run
10. Lonesome Night
*** Intros. – Greg ***
11. Fifty Miles from Nowhere
12. Stormy Point