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The Coyote Problem

San Diego, California, United States | INDIE

San Diego, California, United States | INDIE
Band Americana Rock


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Plenty of bands have set a drum-brush beat and mandolin background against a lonesome lead vocal, but few do it with the clear, ringing glow that the Coyote Problem achieves. Instead of the raucous, smash-beer-bottles-and-swig-whiskey sound that a lot of alt-country and country-rock bands embody, the Coyote Problem slows the rhythm and turns up the emotional longing. - Ollie, San Diego Reader


The simple presentation and honest sentiment of "California" is The Coyote Problem at its best – just three men delivering songs that do what great songs do – make you feel the joys and pains of being alive. Singer-songwriter Peter Bolland is, quite simply, in the class of artists like Jackson Browne, Steve Earle and John Hiatt who built Americana before it had a name. - Ed Burns, The San Diego Troubadour


The Coyote Problem obviously knows how to craft a good song. Each tune takes you on a fulfilling journey…

- Nina Garin, The San Diego Union Tribune


A likable, radio-friendly country-rock hybrid…lovely melodies…truly memorable hooks. - Jim Trageser, North County Times


A master’s course in roots rock style…heartfelt songwriting expertise…a perfect soundtrack for a long lonely ride out to the desert. - Ed Burns, The San Diego Troubadour


The Bakersfield gods smile when The Coyote Problem plies their wickedly enjoyable brand of beefy Americana…mainstream country and rock radio could use this kind of rejuvenation. - Dennis Cook,


Four stars…a collection of beautifully crafted alt-country tunes…
- Tony Horkins, Uncut


The lap steel resonates, the harmonica is pure Dylan/Neil and the voice is singular and soulful. A fantastic record. I am an instant fan.
- Kenny Weissberg, Music Without Boundaries


If mainstream country fans had more taste than the bumps on their tongues then Peter Bolland would already have hits galore. His work is polished but maintains a barroom rock kick. That is when he isn’t quietly breaking your heart.
- Dennis Cook,


"California" by The Coyote Problem, 2007
Winner Best Americana Album, 2007 San Diego Music Awards

"Wire" by The Coyote Problem, 2005
Winner Best Americana Album, 2005 San Diego Music Awards

"Frame" by Peter Bolland, 2002
Nominated Best Americana Album, 2003 San Diego Music Awards, Four Stars in "Uncut", England's premier music magazine.

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We have received extensive radio play in the San Diego region as well as in Northern California, Alaska and Europe.



Dubbed by one critic "California-cana", the music of The Coyote Problem pulls the jetstreams of rock, country and folk up over the Sierras, across the desert and down to the coast highway where simplicity and beauty are all that matter. Like Neil Young and Lucinda Williams they care more about songs than scenes. If we don't feel it, we don't do it.

Winners of Best Alt Country Band (2006 and 2007) and Best Americana Band (2008) at the San Diego HAT Awards (Honoring Acoustic Talent), winners of the Best Americana Album award for "California" (2007) and "Wire" (2005) at the San Diego Music Awards, and perennial nominees for Best Americana Band at the San Diego Music Awards, The Coyote Problem represents the best of the Southern California alt-country folk rock sound. Opening for acts as diverse as Son Volt, Los Lonely Boys, Arlo Guthrie and Blue Oyster Cult attests to The Coyote Problem's eclectic, wide-ranging appeal.

We come from the era of Beatles and Dylan and can't shake the innate conviction that rock and roll is both a serious artform and funner than a sack of cherry bombs. And that real rock and roll honors its roots in folk, blues and country.

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