FROG HOLLER: Railings"Railings" is Frog Holler's fourth CD.It was smartly produced by Edan Cohen at Soundgun Studio in Philadelphia and released in September 2003.The band consists of six members featuring acoustic and electric guitars,bass,drums,banjo,and lap-steel."Railings" reveals a lean,mean efficient Frog Holler.The cd is unforced,unhurried,natural and effortless.Here,the songs are personal,often exposing the writer's vulnerability.They are poetic and melodic.The songs constantly examine life.They ask questions,provide answers,show courage and occasionally offer a bit of wisdom.They are spiritual.confrontational,and are always in search of something.Sometimes all of these elements exist in the same song.
The band of musicians adds so much.They treat the songs well.The music matches the words,the sentiment is exact.Frog Holler has had a pretty good stretch as a band.The best measure of this success is that they have an audience for their music wherever and whenever they take the stage.They were embraced at Americana radio with their last CD and charted at #34.They were featured on NPR's "Hear and Now" program and also featured on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer's Arts & Entertainment section.No Depression magazine has supported them by reviewing their cds and profiling the band.They have that certain unexplainable intangible that all really good bands have.See www.frogholler.com for more info.
"Frog Holler gives voice to a generation's conflict...so smart,so catchy,so rooted in its home turf."
The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Like the music,the exceptional lyrics of singer-guitarist Darren Schlappich also exibit elements of rock and country,and they do so with a profound,
The Philadelphia Inquirer
"All it took was one listen to these haunted rural road songs and your humble host once again found himself falling in love with a band."
"Railings,is a stunning bit of vindictive."
Philadelphia City Paper
"...their excellent new work 'Railings',simply the best band I've heard in years.Great songwriting,they are a deliriously entertaining live act,that truely create their own genre."
The Village Voice
"This is a piece of polished coal-decorative,combus-
tible and possible containing a rough diamond."
"Frog Holler's four discs,the latest is 'Railings'-are the work of a band that loves to fiddle around with its rustic roots.The bands atmospheric songs are spiked with sturdy melodies and marked by lyrics about living life and making music left of the dial."
The Winston Salem Journal
"Pennsylvania's Frog Holler is getting down:on its fourth album 'Railings'(Record Cellar),the six-piece plays an arsenal of instruments very sparingly,creating a backdrop of mystert and tension for Darren Schlappich's straightforward prayerful songs."
The Chicago Reader
"an album of beauty...'Railings' is great the way it is,and Schlappich has every reason to be proud of this moving,heartfelt addition to Frog Holler's catalog."
All Music Guide
"Frog Holler has already released a veritable pantheon
of great albums;'Railings'is the best of the bunch."
The Reading Eagle
"The album,overall,is probably one of the best to come out in 2003 and would do well alongside other stellar alt.country bands on the rise.A must!"
"The recording is dominated by thoughtful,country-
tinged meditations on love gone sour and outsider
status,with a little social commentary thrown in for good measure.The quality of the songcraft and soulful instrumental backing could put Frog Holler in the front ranks of the alt-country scene on a national level..."
Allentown Morning Call
"...their mid-tempo country rock and ballads,
well-written,well-played and with a fine,rich vocal,
mark them as special."
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"...they're one of the best rising young lions on the 'No Depression' scene"
Cincinnati City Beat
"It reminds us that Frog Holler is one of our most underrated alt-country acts."
The Washington Post
""With Railings,Frog Holler capture the essence of
The Band as well as any outfit around these days,
courtesy of their sound-rustic and soulful and
borderline gospel-ish at times-and their communal
- Rick Cornell
"Here,a songwriter on the cutting edge of clever country
fully illustrates why many are tipping him and his tasty band for big things.This is Frog Holler's fourth CD ,and
you'll have to search far and wide to find songs expressed with more sensitivity or frustration."
Check out the artist's website:
1. Unlock The Door
3. The Sweetest Sound
5. What Went Down
6. Suit & Tie
8. About Time
10. God's Children
11. Second Hand Smoke
12. Hole In The Ground