Ali Holder

Girlie Action

Texas Platters

Ali Holder

In Preparation for Saturn's Return

Ali Holder, recent graduate student at UT, chose a different college town to record her debut, In Preparation for Saturn's Return. That road trip to Oxford, Miss., paid off, too. Bagging the brightest musical movements throughout the South, the 27-year-old singer and her band blend Mississippi blues, New Orleans brass, and, a given for the Texas native, Southwestern country, all topped with an R&B-rounded alto. Holder's measured vocals are convincing in each form they take: the tears-in-my-beers country of "Drinking Double," the blues smoke of "Falling Up," and even the simplicity of free jazz cut "Moon." Compositionally, her band zooms between the genre buffet with ease and smooth transition. We hope to see more of Holder, even after Saturn's Return.

***

READ MORE
More Music Reviews
SXSW Wednesday Record Reviews
Pegi Young & the Survivors
Raw (Record Review)

Jim Caligiuri, March 17, 2017

SXSW Wednesday Record Reviews
Vagabon
Infinite Worlds (Record Review)

Libby Webster, March 17, 2017

More by Abby Johnston
SXSW Music Live: Grandaddy
SXSW Music Live: Grandaddy
Wrestling guitars back from the rise of synthesizers

March 18, 2017

SXSW Music Live: Banks
SXSW Music Live: Banks
Fuckery or non-fuckwithable?

March 17, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Ali Holder

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)