David Holt: 'Perpetual Motion'

Who knew? Holt has long been one of Austin's best sidemen, a guitar hero in jean jacket, slinging his axe in Storyville and dozens of local and national acts before that. Blues, country, rock, Dave has done it all. But his resume' doesn't prepare one for the melodic attractiveness of his voice on "Walk On the Moon Again" or the strength of songwriting throughout his first solo record.

The album opens just as you thought it would, with a Stonesian rocker called "Til the Wheels Fall Off," but then it veers internally, with songcraft trumping guitar licks. This record sounds like it was made, not only for fans, but for pop and Nashville producers looking for material for hit artists to record. The songs (several co-written with Ruth Ellsworth and Bill Carter) are that good, the delivery that pleasing.

Backed by his fine studio band, which includes Muscle Shoals legend Spooner Oldham on keyboards, Holt will celebrate the release of "Perpetual Motion" with a show at Antone's Wednesday night. Although this impressive new album will be the focus, don't be surprised if the Booze Weasel in Holt pops out.

Michael Corcoran - Austin American Statesman

 

David Holt Perpetual Motion (Blue Corn Music)

With a resume' like David Holt's, there's no need to wonder what took him so long to record his solo debut. He's been busy. For 25 years, the guitarist has shared stages with Jesse Taylor, Rosie Flores, Carlene Carter, Joe Ely, the Mavericks, Bill Carter, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock, Billy Joe Shaver, the Sexton Brothers, the Supernatural Family Band, and the group most Austinites probably remember him with, Storyville. A primo axeman, few might guess that deep down Holt's also a fine vocalist and songwriter. With Perpetual Motion, Holt handily demonstrates he's the proverbial triple threat.

With the assistance of Bill Carter and Carter's wife, Ruth Ellsworth, on most of the tracks, he's composed a set of tunes that is wide-ranging yet surprisingly cogent. Holt takes his blues, rock, and country influences and mixes them into a whole that accomplishes the delicate balance of guitar flash and solid songsmithing. Between the opening riff rocker, "Til the Wheels Fall Off," and the closing barroom weeper duet with Kacy Crowley, "One Seam at a Time," he sounds like a bunch of different artists, from Rodney Crowell and Nick Lowe to Freddie King and the Stones. But Holt adds more than enough confidence and verve to keep it engaging and ends up sounding like no one but himself. That's no easy feat, but with his list of credits, no one should be the least bit surprised.

Jim Caligiuri - The Austin Chronicle

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