The story about some guys who never quite breakthrough but are always chipping away at it. The mood is a little worn-down and world- weary but also celebratory of the life and work of journeymen musicians, Neile H. Coe III
Banty Holler is an Americana duo consisting of Neile H. Coe on flat top & vocals and Gijsbert Diteweg on dobro & lap steel. Gijsbert is a veteran of the Rock and Roots scene and a guitar teacher based in The Hague.
He grew up in rural Westland and studied psychology at Leiden University, only to go all-in on a music career. Banty Holler is the brainchild of Neile H. Coe III, who grew up outside of Chicago listening to Led Zeppelin and AC/DC.
Later he fell in love with music of Hank Williams, Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry. He came to Holland as a young teenager and it was “adios basketball, hello and Hertog Jan at Café Cremers in The Hague.
Banty Holler has been messing around in the roots genre for a few years now, touching upon Alt Country, Folk, Blues and Rockabilly. Half A Dozen (2016), Nothing Machine (2017), Tradition (2018) en Wired For Sound (2019) preceded new record Journeyman Songs. “Journeyman Songs is for all the weekend warriors and the bar bands and the old country and blues singers bouncing around, a little worn down and world-weary but playing their hearts out nonetheless”, This journeyman theme is the thread running through Banty Holler´s new record and puts it in a unique thematic space in the genre.
Neile wrote all the songs with the exception of the single George Jones cover: “Color of the Blues”. George Jones is just the greatest. I love his singing, such a great combination of technique, tone and soul! George Jones is maybe the greatest country singer and I was happy I could find my own way of doing one of his famous tunes. They say once Jones sings a song it stays sung but we took a swing at it anyway, says Neilea.
Is Banty Holler just a couple of journeymen musicians or something more? They do have a pure musical vision and mission: “We think we are too long-in-the-tooth to have ambitions of major success in the entertainment business. Being a great little bar band that can move people on any particular musical note is what we strive to do. And continuing to learn and grow as musicians, technically and spiritually, that´s what´s it´s about for us.
Who knows, this album has break-through potential, maybe they will be journeymen no more? JohTheMa PROMOTIONS is proud to present Banty Holler’s first full-length album Journeyman Songs for airplay or review consideration.
2. Hit this Chord
5. Get Stupid!
7. Journeyman Reel
8. Color of the Blues
9. Sons of Outrage
11. Take it from Me
Engineer: Eric Kerns Producer: Eric Kerns and Neile H. Coe Vocals: Neile H. Coe Flat Top: Neile H. Coe Dobro: Gijsbert Diteweg Bass: Eric Kerns Drums: Arthur Bont Electric guitar: Willem van der Tuuk Banjo, mandolin, guitars: Janos Koolen.