Music: Holly Golightly

Some albums have a deep sonic spiritual streak that implies they were made in a church, but Holly Golightly’s latest album, Medicine County, flips the concept with an Americana album that isn’t particularly spiritual but was made in a church.

Holly Golightly moved from the UK to the American South two years ago after long tours and a growing sense of rootlessness forced her to seek some permanence; she and partner Dave Drake (aka Lawyer Dave) found a small ramshackle Georgia farm that serves as home and studio. The move was the latest milestone along Golightly’s fascinating career path.

After fronting Billy Childish’s girls-in-a-garage annex group Thee Headcoatees in the early ’90s, she embarked on a solo career, collaborated with The White Stripes and recorded 2003’s Truly She Is None Other with Cincinnati’s Greenhornes. In 2007, she and Drake released their debut as Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs, cleverly titled You Can’t Buy a Gun When You’re Crying, which charted an Americana/Country/Folk course, followed by 2008’s similarly inclined Dirt Don’t Hurt. Both albums were assembled in the scant days that Golightly and Drake could set aside when there was still an ocean between them. Their latest album, Medicine County, represents their first work done while living in the same locale. 

Holly Golightly will play at The Parlour in The Southgate House Wednesday. Go here to read Brian Baker's Sound Advice.

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