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Album Review

Before bands like Uncle Tupelo and the Jayhawks came along (and of course, Wilco, later on), the territorial lines were clearly drawn between country and rock — very few rock acts of the '80s and early '90s were courageous enough to meld the two styles together. But thanks to those aforementioned bands, Americana was born and gave way to bands like Frog Holler. Their fifth full-length, Haywire, hit the streets in 2006 and showed the Reading, PA-based group was quite content to follow in the direction laid down by their previous releases. A multi-membered outfit (Frog Holler is comprised of six "official" members), its ranks were expanded even further in the studio this time around, as a pair of additional vocalists and a violinist joined in on the fun. Even with the additions, however, "the song remains the same" for the group musically, as evidenced by such highlights as the almost garage rock-esque "One Last Time" (with a little more grit and grime, it could resemble a fine Dinosaur Jr. track) and the more serene, country-tinged "On Winter Blues." There isn't much new here that a longtime Americana/roots rock admirer isn't already long familiar with, but that may be the redeeming quality of Haywire — Frog Holler continues to stick to its guns.

Customer Reviews

Smokin' Release from capable luthiers

Hailing from the same geography as theses boys helps get them, but even if you are not from PA, there are some gems to find. Their songs have a genuine sincerity about them; as if they are naturally evolving forms. They call to mind visions of ernest country folk working hard and getting by with a smile. FH have embraced the distopian legacy of Berks county, with its joblessness, winter lethargy and general sense of ennui.... they have sculpted it into something quite unique. Frog Holler should be proud of their accomplishments.

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the bass player of this band teaches me guiter. he is so good. i have every album

Frog holler

Another great album from a band that has quietly built an excellent discography. This group seems to be largely unknown (except from its home territory, where they seem to have a loyal following), and why they are unknown is a mystery to me. I guess because they are hard to categorize. They have a bluegrass, alt country, classic rock sound. All I can say is give these guys a chance and you will become a fan

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Frog Holler has been described as a "Philadelphia country band," which is misleading because the group isn't actually from Philadelphia proper -- Frog Holler is from Berks County, PA, which is two counties away from Philadelphia County in southeastern Pennsylvania. And even though Berks County is only a few hours from Center City (Philly's busy, congested downtown area), it's a very different type of place -- a place that, like most of the areas between Philly and Pittsburgh, is very Middle America....
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