Thieves, happy Monday, revenge of the sixth. Today, we have a track from The Holler!’s Michael Kirkpatrick. And hey, stop back Wednesday to steal a Denver hip-hop track.
Michael Kirkpatrick moved to Colorado in 2000 to study opera at Colorado State University. And by most measures, he found some success as an opera singer, even accepting an apprenticeship at the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera Company. He has said that opera is a lot like the rock ‘n roll he was raised on: “You need balls to sing it.” But judging from his musical experiences since, it was Rocky Mountain string music, most notably the mandolin, that excited his passions. Kirkpatrick seems proficient at all brands of strings, from sitar to mandolin to lap steel.
Kirkpatrick is perhaps most notable for forming Wildwood Holler!, a folk string outfit that draws influences from psychedelic rock. The band still lives on in various incarnations, now called The Holler!, but Kirkpatrick is currently pushing his solo career with the recent release of “Key to My Cage.” The string-heavy album showcases Kirkpatrick’s unique musical sensibility and flawless voice.
Here, steal “Path,” a track about wandering from faith. Then visit his website for the whole album.
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Josh Johnson is a Denver freelance writer and Reverb contributor. He is also a co-host/co-producer of the Denver podcast Denver Diatribe. He’s also studying to be a butcher. Seriously.