Named after the Bob Dylan song “The Ballad of Hollis Brown,” New York City-based Hollis Brown (a band, not a person) play a tight, sparse, rocking version of classic rock, with songs full of melody, pop, country tinges, and an ever-present and slight feel of the blues, all of which gives the best of their songs a timeless feel. Led by the songwriting of Mike Montali (vocals and guitar) and Jon Bonilla (guitar), and with a taut rhythm section of Mike Wosczyk (bass) and Mike Graves (drums and percussion), the band released a debut EP, Nothing & the Famous No One, in 2012, and followed it with a full-length album, Ride on the Train, early in 2013.
By the following year, Hollis Brown had settled into a lineup of Montali, Bonilla, Adam Bock (keys), Dillon DeVito (bass), and Andrew Zahnal (drums), and they released Gets Loaded, a rootsy, track-for-track re-imagining of the Velvet Underground’s classic 1970 album Loaded. That same year, their song “When the Weather’s Warm” was featured in the Matt Dillon-Willem Dafoe crime drama Bad Country. Chasing a bigger sound, they brought in John Agnello to mix their next studio LP, the passionately organic 3 Shots, which arrived on Jullian Records in the spring of 2015.
Hollis Brown is available for corporate events, private shows, milestone celebrations (birthday, anniversary), fundraisers, festivals, and more.