Hollar General, Michael Chorney’s “song band” just might be the essence of a Vermont sound if there is one. Comprised of the very best Green Mountain musicians and cemented by years together in various ensembles and situations, the quartet gets to enjoy their deep DNA in a setting custom made for their sensibilities. Chorney has had a hand in a bunch of Vermont-centric projects – viperHouse, the avant-folk Magic City, scoring Anais Mitchell’s Hadestown, producing dozens of records often recorded at his goose-coop in Lincoln. All share the same property as Hollar General – a meld of history, musical understanding and collective endeavor. Michael and long-time collaborator Rob Morse (bass) share decades working together. Brett Lanier (steel) and percussionist Dan Davine go back years. They all play together with the deep communique that only time provides. So each show is fresh as a daisy.
“There is nothing ordinary about this music, as it touches so many aspects of extraordinary style and substance. Is it alternative Americana? Avant-garde chamber folk? Old, weird, and hipless? Yup—all of the above.” The Noise, Boston