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St. Louis' own Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band brings the Soulful Rhythm and Blues with a feelin'! Their name pays tribute to the burnin' R&B music that's come from St. Louis' beloved Metro-East, especially that of Ike and Tina Turner. This band is deeply influenced by this music, along with classic Soul, the music of New Orleans, and the tradition of great American songwriters. They take all of these elements, and do their very own, natural thing - consecrated with a tinge of musical "hip"-ness.
The East Side Rhythm Band is built on the rock-solid, foundation rhythm section of Neil Ghanti, Caleb Klinger, and Josiah Joyce. Rhythm Band's always rolling deep with the East Side Horns, Zac Minor, Derick Tramel, and Ryan Torpea - so dig them settin' it up, and let 'em blow, 'cause they' full grown! Over the top of this mighty band, Al Holliday testifies a sermon of soulful power, and there's not one jive bone in that man's body!
***East Side Story***
The band was founded in 2011 on St. Louis' East Side, the Illinois side, in Al's hometown, the same as all foundation band-members. The band was formed with every intention to bring this thoroughly positive, uplifting, and supremely cathartic kind of soulful music straight to 'all the good people' - and to carry on the tradition of this music - to carry on the tradition of this music - to not only carry it on, but to surely be empowered by it, and set free by it.
Al and the band have quickly earned the reputation around St. Louis, the Midwest, and beyond for bringing the heavy Soulful Rhythm & Blues, for bringing it in full, with their very own natural style - whether live or on record.
In 2013, Al Holliday released the undeniable full-length debut album Made It Through The Mill, Again, which had the folks "in the know" all stand up and take notice. The album not only features twelve truly inspired, entirely distinct, original compositions - but it pours out a torrent of sweaty, soulful power from beginning to end!
Since the album's release, Al has received plenty of solid recognition as well as a few awards including being honored locally as "Best R&B Artist" and "Best Male Vocalist" by the Riverfront Times. Even better than all that, Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band has been receiving a great outpouring of general *love* from all kinds of good people wherever they make the scene!
On the stage, Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band have been featured artists at the region's favorite music festivals including appearances at KDHX's Midwest Mayhem, The Whitaker Music Festival, The Round-Barn Blues Festival, Summer Gras, and more! You can still catch them getting down and dirty in some of STL's finest R&B establishments like Beale on Broadway, The Broadway Oyster Bar, and Blues City Deli when they are in town - so don't miss your chance!
Al Holliday & The East Side Rhythm Band is widely regarded as one of the entire St. Louis and Midwest region's hottest - most happenin' - up-and-coming Soul and Rhythm & Blues acts. Nobody does it quite like they do. This is a band that takes is all the way every time - on stage and on record - and with any luck, they'll be bringin' it right to you! With a brand new album, and plenty of travelin' and touring in the works this year, keep your eye out and you might just catch that Rhythm Band risin'!
R&B | Blues | Americana/Roots
- Riverfront Times, Album review, 11/25/2015, Al Holliday Channels the Spirit of the Late Allen Toussaint on Natural Remedies See Text
- Columbia Daily Tribune, Article, 01/22/2015, Movin’ on up: MU grad leads soulful, versatile East Side Rhythm Band See Text
- Riverfront Times, Article, 09/24/2014, 2014 Best Male Vocalist See Text
- Riverfront Times, Article, 05/20/2014, Soul/Funk: Meet the 2014 RFT Awards Nominees See Text
- Riverfront Times, Article, 09/25/2013, Best R&B Artist See Text
- Riverfront Times, Album review, 05/23/2013, Made It Through the Mill, Again Review See Text