Holly Golightly And The Brokeoffs Coulda Shoulda Woulda on LP
"I think that it's the jewel in our crown," Holly Golightly says of Coulda Shoulda Woulda, the eighth Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs album. "I think it's absolutely amazing, to be release October 16, 2015 on Transdreamer Records. When you do something for a really long time, it stands to reason that you're gonna become more proficient at it."
Over the course of a career that spans over 25 years and more than 35 albums, the English singer-guitarist has established a singular niche as one of rock 'n' roll's fiercest iconoclasts. Having built a powerful and influential body of U.K.-based work that established her as an indie/D.I.Y. icon, she relocated to a farm in rural Georgia to establish a new creative identity as half of Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, a scrappy, resourceful duo with Texas-bred multi-instrumentalist and sometime vocalist Lawyer Dave. Over the course of six albums, the pair has carved out a catalog of elegantly idiosyncratic Americana, drawing from a bottomless well of country, blues, folk, gospel and rockabilly influences to create music that's deeply personal and effortlessly accessible.
The 12-song Coulda Shoulda Woulda boasts some of Holly and Dave's most accomplished and compelling work to date, with Holly's unmistakable voice gracing such persuasive tunes as the raw gospel-thrash workout "Heaven Buy and Buy," the fearsome white-trash tango "Apt. 34," the bittersweet waltz "Jackhammer," the heart-tugging holiday-themed "Christmas Is a Lie" and the crunching, anthemic title track. Lawyer Dave lends his distinctive vocal growl to the gospel-inflected "Jump in the River" and "No Judgment Day," the dance-crazed "Karate" and the desolate duet "Lonesome Grave." Meanwhile, the twosome indulge their taste for oddball vintage covers with "Marijuana, the Devil's Flower," a cautionary country tale originally recorded in the 1950s by the mysterious Mr. Sunshine.
As they have with their last few albums, Holly and Dave recorded Coulda Shoulda Woulda on the Georgia farm that they share with various horses, dogs, chickens, geese and goats, calling in neighbor Jeff Walls, of Woggles/Guadalcanal Diary fame, to add guitar on three tracks.