Earlier this year Al Holliday emerged seemingly out of nowhere (actually it was Collinsville, Illinois) with a debut album, Made It Through the Mill, Again, and made fans of St. Louis blues, soul and R&B more than take notice. If they weren't pushing back the tables and dancing, they weren't alive. With the voice of a grizzled blues shouter three times his years, Holliday fronts a gutsy, old-school, similarly youthful group, the East Side Rhythm Band, that locks in to his barrelhouse piano playing and original songs with rhythm & blues in the tradition of Roy Milton or Wynonie Harris. Pound for blues-pounding pound, Holliday & Co. are among our city's finest musical revivalists.
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