FAME Review: Chelle Rose - Ghost of Browder Holler
Chelle Rose - Ghost of Browder Holler

Ghost of Browder Holler

Chelle Rose

Lil' Damsel Records - SEP0609

Available from Chelle Rose's online store.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

The word 'holler' brings an association to the back woods and hills of Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina, and the latter is where Chelle Rose was raised and feels most at home. Her music is not the Bluegrass, or Appalachian that one might expect; it is hard knuckle, gut searing Rock N' Roll, cut with just a touch of Alt-Country/Americana. This disc was cut at George Reiff's studio in Austin, with Ray Wylie Hubbard as the Producer, with a band he hand-picked from among the finest around. You have Ian McLagan on organ, George Reiff on bass, ukuleles, and percussion, Rick Richards handles drums and percussion, Billy Cassis plays electric and acoustic guitar, percussion and harmonium, and Brad Rice on electic guitar and mandolin For the record Ray Wylie also adds some backing vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, and harmonica. There are a couple of special guests that sure add a bit—Elizabeth Cook with vocals as well as The McCrary Sisters (Regina, Ann and Alfreda) also on vocals.

The songs (she wrote nine, co-wrote one, and two are covers) are filled with the pain and harshness of life in the hills where money and the time to enjoy beauty are often scarce. Her voice reflects the same sweet and yet spiked edges that a dirt path has when there are goat's heads growing nearby to make you stay light on your feet. This is a disc filled with hard times, blood and sweat, and also beauty and the peace that can come from all the players being on the same page and loving every minute of the music evolving organically from the band playing together in the studio. This is a singer/songwriter you will be hearing much more from.

Track List:

  • Browder Holler Boy
  • Caney Fork Tennessee
  • I Need You
  • Weepin' Willow on the Hill
  • Rufus Morgan (Preacher Man)
  • Leona Barnett
  • Alimony
  • If I Could
  • Rattlesnake in the Road
  • Damsel
  • Shady Grove Gonna Blow
  • Wild Violets Pretty

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2012, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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