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11/11/18 - 7:45PM - King Ropes
Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor
King Ropes | The Green Ropes Tour | A Hard Country Garage Roots Rock Night
King Ropes — the name is borrowed from a Wyoming saddlery store — generates musical and emotional fireworks throughout Dirt, with such insistent tunes as "Dogleg Boy," "Lurch on Sister," "International Shortwave" and "Shovel and a Pickaxe" exemplifying Hollier's vivid songwriting and the band's infectious punch, maintaining a gritty, organic vibe that underlines the album's title.
"After years of working with my hands, I was at a place in my life with a severe lack of dirt under my fingernails," Hollier explains. "So I guess that calling it Dirt is a bit of an incantation, hoping to attract more of it back into my life. Musically, I felt pretty strongly about balancing out the pretty, sweet elements with the raw, gritty stuff, both in the sounds and the lyrics."
Dirt is the product of a journey that's taken Hollier and his songs back and forth across the United States before landing him in his home state of Montana. The album began in Hollier's long-time home of Brooklyn, where he began cutting tracks with drummer Konrad Meissner (Katy Perry, Matt Nathanson). Hollier took the project with him during a brief stint in Los Angeles, where he continued recording with some West Coast based players. Now settled back in Bozeman, Montana, King Ropes has evolved into a self-contained quartet with the addition of kindred spirits DylanTreleven (Silver Dollars, Oberhoffer, Widowspeak), Ben Roth (Oberhofer, BOD, EZTV) and Adam Wolcott Smith (Zen Mother, the Growlers), whose effortless rapport and multi-instrumental abilities lend added gravity and power to Hollier's compositions.