CLINT ROBERTS’ TO RELEASE NEW EP ‘HOLLER CHOIR’ MAY 13, 2022
PRODUCED BY MIKE ASHWORTH OF
STEEP CANYON RANGERS
Singer-songwriter and musician Clint Roberts will release his new EP, ‘Holler Choir,’ on Friday, May 13, 2022. Available now for pre-order. Relying heavily on vocal performance and the use of Appalachian tonalities, it was recorded in Asheville, and produced by Mike Ashworth of the Grammy Award Winning Steep Canyon Rangers.
“I see this EP as a shift towards my strengths, which is the human voice and mountain music,” says Roberts. His experiences and influences from growing up in Western North Carolina near the Pisgah Forest bleeds into every track on Holler Choir. “The instruments played are ‘old familiar friends’ to me. I know how to arrange them in a way that feels authentic.”
Keeping with the thread of authenticity, Roberts (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, harmonica) carefully selected fellow North Carolina musicians to accompany him on the project; Mike Ashworth (stand-up bass, drums), Julian Pinelli (fiddle), Ryan Stigmon (harmony vocals, dobro, acoustic guitar, pedal steel), Helena Rose Hunt (harmony vocals, banjo), and Colton Nelson (harmony vocals).
Songwriting subject matter flows from the opening “Jeremiah,” a commentary on growing up in the south and witnessing discrimination against individuals in the LGBTQ+ community, to the vivacious “Mountain Air” that reminds us that no one is perfect, onto “Chrysalis” that acts as a collection of journal entries over time.
Holler Choir follows Roberts’ 2021 label debut, Rose Songs. Those familiar with the full-length album will recognize three of the five songs on the EP; “Nothing Left To Say,” “Carolina Moon” and “Chrysalis,” which are re-imagined to showcase stringed instruments.
Holler Choir will be released via Carry On Music March 13, 2022, across all digital platforms.