May 20th, 2011

Prelude to a Show: Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs at Fitzgerald’s

Have you ever heard a band that sounds so backroads, inbred and twisted, it made the cockles of your heart tingle? Happened to me the first time I heard Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs.

I’m not sure how you’ve been treating your cockles, but they would likely enjoy the band’s show this Saturday at Fitzgerald’s.

The band will be opening for “The First Lady of Rockabilly” Wanda Jackson, who tingles my cockles in an entirely different way.

Jackson is a 74-year-old singer who was a lone female in a pile of greaseball horn-dogs during the rise and fall of rockabilly in the 50s and 60s. She transitioned into country music, but hasn’t let go of the rockabilly wave and will certainly be a treat for fans of the genre. Pomps up!

Back to my tingled cockles. It’s not only because the of lovely Holly Golightly, whose songwriting pulls you in and cuts you out simultaneously.

For me, it’s the family-band, all out twinged picking that get’s my foot, not only tapping, but stomping enough to shake the walls. This band has mojo and it’s infectious.

From a good, bluesy romp to a soft, gospel-like lullaby, Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs‘ third album No Help Coming is a dirty little secret that is definitely worth sharing.

As with the previous album, Golightly’s bandmate Lawyer Dave holds his own and commands both background and lead vocals. Songs like “Leave It Alone” and “LSD (Rock ‘n’ Roll Prison)” get you jumping. If you’re in a car, this album get’s you moving.


Golightly’s singing is as delightful as her name suggests and less tawdry than Capote’s character. She’s filled with the gumption that Janis Joplin proffered, yet is as smooth as one of the Andrews sisters. I love the delicacy of “The Only One” and “River of Tears.”

The combination yields gospel and beer drinking music — see “Lord Knows We’re Drinking.” It’s beaming with spirit. Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs is just the kind of good time vibe you need this weekend. Any weekend. So take it where you can get it.

Tickets $15 in advance; $18 at the door.

Words that make sentences by Jordan Overturf, the Out-of-Loopster

— The Loop Scoop


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