*gulp* how did that happen?!

As I have mentioned before, I turn the big 3-5 this year….in 44 days to be exact. Not so excited about it, trying to beat life at this aging thing, but it seems like an uphill battle. However, that doesn’t mean I am giving up. Music is one of those things that helps keep me young. Until I find out that someone I used to babysit is the drummer in a local band trying to make it big. Talk about deflating the denial balloon. I guess I am old enough to have babysat someone who is now an adult (and let’s not even mention those kids I sat for who now have their OWN kids! Yikes!).

It seems like it was just yesterday that I was listening to Nick Goldring bang on his drums in the basement while he parents were out. I remember his parents always being very supportive of him and maybe that has been in the back of my mind while I raise my little rocker.  And maybe that is why I thought it was a good idea to indulge my 3.5yr old’s Christmas wish for drums. Yes, I have taken stock in Advil. No, I am not really sure that was the most thought out gift. But at the same time, his banging always brings a smile to my face.

So, when I got the message from Nick about his band, Quiet Hollers, competing for a spot in the Chicago Bluegrass and Blues festival, it also brought a smile to my face. I can see a little boy living his dream and I am more than happy to assist in any way possible (even if it makes me feel REALLY old!).  And I ask that you do the same! This festival in Chicago is a big deal. A few of the headliners this year are Drive-By-Truckers, Dawes and The Del McCoury Band. This recognition could be a game changer for Quiet Hollars! They are an alt-country/americana band and they have been hard at work on recording their second album.  You can listen to some of their songs on their Reverbnation page.  They need to be in the top 5 to gain entry to the festival.  They are hanging in there, but really need your votes to push them over the top!! You can vote once a day until Jan.13, when the winners will be announced. Vote HERE. And keep your ears open for these guys…I suspect you will be hearing more about them!

Here is a video of “Road Song” from their upcoming release:

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