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Named for a character in a Bob Dylan tune, New York City’s Hollis Brown proves itself ready for the big leagues on its debut album. Ride on the Train takes inspiration from Beggars Banquet–era Stones, Tupelo Honey–era Van Morrison, and various phases of The Band, yet it never sounds derivative. Lead singer/songwriter Mike Montali has a gnarly yet tender voice that’s well-matched with Jon Bonilla’s muscular and versatile lead guitar work. Hollis Brown’s songs are full of spiky edges that don’t disguise their strong melodic content. Adding to the band's appeal is the underlying compassion in its lyrics, evident amid the jaunty snarl of “Down on Your Luck,” “Nothing & the Famous Ones," and the title track. Montali gets desperate in “Doghouse Blues” and unleashes a howl of political protest in “Walk on Water,” balancing his ferocity with scruffy love songs like “When the Water’s Warm” and “If It Ain’t Me.” “Gypsy Black Cat” and “Nightfall” carry a hint of gospel, bringing out the life-affirming essence within Hollis Brown’s raw-boned, heartfelt brand of roots rock.

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Ride On The Train

I was listening to snippets of new releases a couple of months ago and discovered Hollis Brown's "Ride On The Train". This recording has continuously grown on me, and I liked it a lot right of the bat. I can hear hints of many influences, but their sound is distinct. Well worth the purchase, and I look forward to hearing more in the future.

On the right Track

Highly recommend purchasing the entire disc, its all killer no filler.
Not breaking new ground here but what they do the do very well.
Bound to be one of the best pickups of the year, should have a bright future, good luck with the sophmore album, this one will be hard to top. Hope they do!

Must have album

Saw this band with Rich Robinson and immediately bought the album. Excellent tunes well written and tons of tap your feet music. Excellent band.


Formed: 2009 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Named after the Bob Dylan song "The Ballad of Hollis Brown," New York City-based Hollis Brown (a band, not a person) play a tight, sparse, rocking version of classic rock, with songs full of melody, pop, country tinges, and an ever-present and slight feel of the blues, all of which gives the best of their songs a timeless feel. Led by the songwriting of Mike Montali (vocals and guitar) and Jon Bonilla (guitar), and with a taut rhythm section of Mike Wosczyk (bass) and Mike Graves (drums and percussion),...
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