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Back On the Ward

by Hollowbelly

This long awaited follow up album has to be heard to be believed-these songs were toured across England,Belgium,Holland,Germany and Italy twice before being laid down in the studio-does it show? hell yes-grab some one man Punkblues action right now!
Genre: Blues: Dirty Blues
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1. Mark of Cain
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2. Back On the Ward
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3. Save Your Soul
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4. One of These Days
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5. Gonna Go Down South
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6. Save Your Tears for the Living
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7. Found My Woman Out
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8. I Dreamt I Saw an Angel
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9. She Don't Love Me No More
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10. Hold Me Close
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11. You Got What I Want
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12. Come Knock On My Door
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Album Notes
Hollowbelly was born in Warrington, an industrial town in Northwest England. He started treading the boards early, playing literally hundreds of gigs on the northern working mens club circuit. The authorities granted a special license enabling him to work despite his age - her started when he was just eight years old. Television and radio work followed, as did a spell in intensive care during a near death bout of meningitis, which left the fourteen year old with an inability to see in 3d.
Age sixteen, punk hit. Teenbelly began playing in a few punk bands, moving down south to live in London in the early eighties. Many hospital visits followed, culminating in a series of operations which resulted in the removal of his large intestine.
Now fifty, Hollowbelly refuses to lie down quietly. He continues to play shows in London, Rome, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Bremen and countless other venues around the UK and Europe.Yessir, speed, psychosis and cbg's... Hollowbelly aint slowing down any time soon

 "Hollowbelly has risen quickly to become the best known cigar box guitar player in the UK, this side of Seasick Steve"      
 Rick Saunders, Deep Blues (USA)

"Hollowbelly is a treat: a Seasick Steve kind of one-man blues band, bashing out his 'Three Chords & The Truth' manifesto on a homemade cigar-box guitar. His stuff is fresh and honest, chirpy tales of a northerner come south, harsh loves and hard times (including the abdominal 'everythingectomy' that led to his nickname)."  
Tony Benjamin (Venue)

 "No overdubs. No effects. No auto-tune. Just 3 chords and his truth. This is the essence of the thing we call punk blues."     

"It is unlikely that Hollowbelly needs any kind of introduction from us, but for those who have somehow missed the one man punk blues hurricane, here goes;
His debut gig was at the famous 100 Club, London, supporting Bob Log III.
He has no large intestine following an 'everythingectomy' - hence the name Hollowbelly.
He plays the damn finest punk blues you ever heard!"
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A trip down a timeless road...
Between the slide wails and the distorted vocals... the over-driven old-school recording... and the simple, but thought provoking lyrics, you can't put a finger on when this album is supposed to have happened. There's 100 year old aspects layered in with brand new, unheard of sounds. It's what I'd imagine would happen if Joe Strummer would have went down to the crossroads. It's one man, a cigar box guitar, a kick drum and a hell of a lot of feeling.

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Pure and Gritty
I have been following these guys for a while now and am always blown away by their music. Earth shattering vocals, Gritty and grimy guitars and a little bit of misery to top it off. I moved to Hollowbelly after years of listening to Mudhoney and The Butthole surfers, They have the pure energy that these guys had and they do it with style. Original and organic. I wait with bated breath to hear more new tracks and will be going to watch them play very soon. Highly recommend all their albums.


Fully Charged
He charges right in with explosive energy throughout his songs. Songs to work by in my shop and these songs amplify that mood needed to work on my guitars. This is the cup of coffee to get me going!
I like the clarity in the recording, I can hear his chords, vocals and percussion clearly without the over distortion we get when run through effects pedals. Each song has a story about life that's tragic and interesting. Bottom line is I'd stop the dial right here and listen!

Graham Hood

Pregnant clouds are gatherin, there's gonna be a storm...
Tales of life on the road, personal songs, cheatin women, lovin women, i think Bettie Page makes an appearance, protest songs on the state of the nation. All from Hollowbellys life experiences. His punk lo-fi blues is the real deal, don't miss the chance of tapping into his psyche