Riffraf's Indie Spotlight is our attempt to shed some light on indie artists around the world who have been creating music, recording and touring without the support of a label or major financial backing. Chapman, Jay Leibowitz, Jem Warren, The Active Set, Joanne Weaver, Boiled in Lead and Birdeatsbaby are just a few of the indie artists who have been featured in the "Spotlight."
Today, we'd like to introduce you to Holly & Evan.
Singer-songwriter-guitarist Holly Taormina and singer-songwriter-bassist Evan Conway met three years ago at an open mic and have been working together ever since, presenting their unique blend of traditional and original blues and roots based acoustic songs throughout the Capital Region.
It's time for the blues duo to spread their wings.
What are some of your influences, musical or otherwise?
Holly & Evan: Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Cream, Skip James, The Beatles, James Jamerson, Paul Chambers, Charles Mingus, Eldee Young, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Ramsey Lewis Trio....
What do you find appealing about the Blues?
Evan: The Blues is the music of the people. It has been around for many years, and will always be in one form or another, because it is based in human emotion of the rawest form. To us it is the only way to go, because it allows us to express sadness or heartbreak in a more meaningful way, and it is very therapeutic to get out our aggressions in songs too.
How does the songwriting function? Is it a collaboration?