Q and A with Horace Hollo-way:
Q:What is Horace Holloway?
A: Horace Holloway is the alias for avoiding law enforcement/ stage name of Jeffery Morrison
Q: Where did the name Horace Holloway come from?
A: A short story by Seabury Quinn called “Masked Ball”. It was published in Weird Tales magazine in May 1947. It’s about a guy who comes back from war and falls in love with a ghost. It’s a great story. Look it up.
Q: So what do you go by?
A: I go by Jeff. Or Horace. Or Jeffery. Or “hey, asshole! Put that back!”
All equally good.
Q: Give us some background. Where does the story start?
A: The story starts in Inverness and then goes on and on from there, encompassing 1 bad camping trip, covering 15 states, miles of barb wire fence, and many acres of farmland. I live here now.
Q: Where does the ability to play come from?
A: My dad knows 3 chords on the guitar. I’ve been trying to one up him for years by learning 4.
Q: What kind of music do you play? I mean, If you had to sum it up for someone?
A: I play Folky Alt-country. American music. You know the type…It’s not Rap.
Q: Can you tell us a little about the “Tin Foil Stars” EP?
A: I’m happy to say we finally got it wrapped.
I tracked some of it in Tampa, FL. with Engineer Mark Prator (Porcupine Tree, Mighty Joe Plum, Sister Hazel) and worked with wicked awesome Producer/engineer Joe Rodriguez (A Flock of Seagulls)in his studio out in Lake Mary, Fl to finish it.
This is my first official recording released anywhere.
Q: And the rumor is you have some cool players on the album. Care to elaborate?
A: Well, seeing as this is my grand entrance into the world of music, I decided to call in a few friends to play on the record, just so people knew I wasn’t messing around.
As far as who’s on there, well:
I got Caitlin Cary, founding member of Whiskeytown with Ryan Adams. She’s a fantastic artist in her own right, plus she plays in a really cool Alt-county super band of sorts called Tres-Chicas. She laid down some beautiful vocals on a few of the songs. I’m honored.
A fella by the name of Neil Flanz, he played pedal steel with Gram Parson and Emmylou Harris, Charlie Louvin, The Glaser Brothers, and Alvin Crow. Played with all the grand ole opry greats at one time or another, too. One of the nicest guys I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. Just a living legend.
Scott Brackett plays keys and various other things on the EP. He played in Okkervil River for many, many years, as well as with Shearwater and Murder By Death. I don’t understand how he does it, but the guy is just a wizard of weird. I’m forever in his debt. Plus, he introduced me to Sparklehorse. but that’s a conversation for another time…
Catherine Popper plays bass on the record. and she is FAN-TAS-TIC. She’s played with ALL my heroes (and probably yours too) She played with Hem, Ryan Adams and The Cardinals, Joseph Arthur, Grace Potter, Willy Nelson, Norah Jones, Jack White…the list goes on and on (SOOO glad I talked to her about the EP :)She’s incredible.
Lauren Strahm (Fleurie) sings on the first single, “King of Diamonds”. What a voice! When I heard her music, I was completely blown away and knew she was exactly what I was looking for for the song. She came in and just KILLED it. Really made the track into something special. Such a sweetheart. She was just nominated for a Dove Award, too. I love to see talent get recognized.
and Brett Williams, of the Atlantic Records band “Mighty Joe Plum”. It’s really cool to be able to kick ideas around with a guy who wrote a top ten hit song. He’s been kind of a mentor. He’s helped me a lot with my confidence, and understanding music. PLUS he really understands songwriting. Oh, and he helped me settle on the album name.
Then to round out the record are some good friends from around Town:
Sam Farmer, Mikel Larrinaga (Jordan Knight), and Mark Robertson-Tessi(Banjo virtuoso Tim Weed).
I think it’s turned out pretty good for my first album ever. I guess you’ll have to hear it for yourself.
Q: Who are your influences?
A: You know, I never like this question. I guess your supposed to name a bunch of bands everyone recognizes as influential.
The truth is, I didn’t spend a lot of time learning covers. I know maybe 2 or 3. I don’t care for the music of most of the greats. I spent all my time playing things I liked the sound of I came up with. I never cared what other bands were doing or did.
I guess if I had to say who I was “influenced” by, it’s the 90’s. Alternative rock like The Gin Blossoms and The Wallflowers, and then the regressive country artists from that time: Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam, and John Anderson. But, also, local boy done good, Gram Parsons, and Austin, Tx legends Okkervil River.
Q: Who are some other artists you’re into right now?
A: Off the top of my head, I’ve been crushing hard on the Afghan Whigs. Pretty much anything Greg Dulli touches is gold. My buddy up in Canada, Lauren Mann, just released a killer new record. and I’ve been listening to a lot of Gram Parsons too.
Also, if you want a few others: anything 90’s, Metric, Dessa, and New Zealand rockers Black River Drive.
Thanks for reading!!
I suppose that’s it for now. If you want to know anything else, just let me know