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Darryl Holter at The Seven Grand in Los Angeles, CA
Concert Review

by Dan Sherman | Eye On Country | From May 25, 2013


Category: Darryl Holter Los Angeles, Crooked Hearts
A couple of weeks ago I heard that Darryl Holter was playing at Seven Grand in dowtown LA and I thought I would stop by and check it out. I really enjoy the Seven Grand - it's like a classic bar from back in the the 19th century. You climb up about four sets of stairs to get there and it's cool, dark and has an old feeling with deer and moose heads hanging from the walls. The bar is long and stocked with about a ton of bottles of Bourbon, Scotch and Rye from everywhere all over the world. I started on a 10 year old Ardbeg Scotch and then switched gears to a dark beer (recommended by the bartender) that was so rich that drinking it was almost like eating dinner.

A girl from work had informed me that Darryl Holter does "Americana" music. I thought I would see a old-timey bearded guy isitting on a stool with a beat up acoustic guitar singing down home songs about living in the mountains or dozing under some stars somewhere. Instead Holter came out with a plugged in guitar, a revved up sound system, and a group of serious professional musicians who really knew what they were doing. It was was an hour of truly great songs for a medium-sized Wednesday-night crowd, including many who seemed to be already familiar with Holter's songs.
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Darryl Holter came out with a plugged in guitar,
a revved up sound system, and a group of serious musicians
who really know how to play.

A lot of the songs came from Holter's latest album, Crooked Hearts, which he says are songs about "dysfunctional relationships". The title track tells the tale of a guy who falls for a female safe-cracker, an armed robbery, and an untimely trip to the local county jail. On a bit of a lighter note iwas November Rain, in which 2 people from very different backgrounds are thrown together in a clandestine safe house. Backburner Blues brings a real blues element into the Americana style while The Gambler's Holiday is a song that really should be played on Los Angeles's country station, Go-Country-105. Another song called Try, Try, Try has a sort of surprising Brit-pop quality that didn't seem to fit the Americana vibe, but it had a catchy tune.

Then, Holter took British singer-songwriter Richard Thompson's song Walking the Long Miles Home and turned it into a rollicking country-story of walking home in the middle of the night after a long evening of revelry. I found myself humming that one walking back to my apartment.

- Dan Sherman, Eye On Country

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515 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
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