Dave Hole – White Trash Girl
With his furious energy and amazing “over-the-top” style of playing, Dave Hole has carved his own place deep in the pantheon of slide guitar greats. His performances are drenched in waves of fret-melting guitar riffs that infuse the spirit of blues and rock slide legends such as Duane Allman, Johnny Winter and Elmore James. “Nothing interferes with Hole’s searing guitar when he is in full flight,” said Rolling Stone. Guitar World agreed, saying, “Hole produces solo upon blistering solo with slide work that is exhilaratingly relentless.”
Since his recording debut 22 years ago, Dave Hole’s records and live performances have drawn raves from countless international publications, including Billboard, Downbeat, Spin, Guitar World and Guitar Player. Similarly, he’s earned rapturous praise from the Associated Press and major US market dailys like the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. Billboard wrote; “Slide guitar fanatics will have their brains blown out by this Australian fret-melter … Remarkably inventive, technically unusual overhand slide work that separates him from the common pack … prepare to hear your jaw hitting the floor.”
Considering all the praise lavished on Hole in recent years, it’s hard to believe that he’s actually been performing for more than four decades. Born in England in 1948, he moved with his family to Perth, Western Australia when he was a child.
As a teenager he fell for the blues upon hearing a friend’s Muddy Waters record. He yearned to hear more but at that time blues records were difficult to obtain in remote Western Australia. It was also years before any blues artists began to perform there in person, so Hole had to teach himself to play. At first, only Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix albums were easily available, but with persistence he eventually got his hands on records by Blind Willie Johnson, Skip James, Blind Lemon Jefferson and many others. The likes of Robert Johnson, Elmore James and Mississippi Fred McDowell became his main “teachers”, as he listened to their recordings over and over again, absorbing all he could from these blues masters.
“UNDER THE SPELL” won an Australian ARIA award and “THE LIVE ONE”, capturing as it does the full-blooded power of his live performances, has proven extremely popular with Dave’s legions of fans world-wide. Audiences around the globe have thrilled to Hole’s astounding guitar virtuosity and heartfelt vocals and this release demonstrates why.
For those who are already familiar with Dave Hole’s work, his new album “ROUGH DIAMOND” represents an exciting new milestone in his recording career. For others there can be no better introduction to the blues and rock artistry of this unique talent.
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