Kansas City Pepper
Drop in the Bucket
Too Bad Poor Boy
Nobody But You
Bamma Lamma Jamma and Thelonious Dude
Moanin' at Midnight
Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burnin'
City by the Sea
Little Tortuga - Release Date 1/31/17
-ScenesMedia, Suzanne Crain Miller
"Blind Willie Johnson’s Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning gets a wonderful interpretation next. Their down home reverential version is very true to the original recordings and the feelings from the vocals can actually raise the hair on your neck. This is one of the best songs on the album, and one of the best interpretations of Johnson’ song I’ve ever heard." continue reading
-Professor Johnny P's Juke Joint
"Scotch Hollow make roots music catchy and sexy again. Nowadays the latter element is often missing, with musicians overthinking things too much. Keeping it deceptively simple is an artform. Making it swing is even harder. They got it right on both counts." continue reading
- Here Comes the Flood
"Scotch Hollow – Little Tortuga (Self-produced): Scotch Hollow is a roots band that mixes a generous helping of country twang with just enough blues to stir the pot. The group was founded by Mark Verbeck (guitar, songwriter) and vocalist Carly Martin. Based in Kansas City, the group now includes JD Linn (bass), Benjamin Scholz (drums, percussion), Brady Buster (harmonica) and Joel Schuman (piano). Verbeck wrote all but three songs and those were written by Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf and Blind Willie Johnson. The performances are solid and spare as one would expect for this style of music. They certainly can raise a little sand in the down-home way. The disc is expected for release in April, but click here for a live slice of a song on the new disc. "
--Dave Rogers (University of Virginia WTJU)
"Folk Alliance in Kansas City, Missouri is in full swing this week. Local band Scotch Hollow stick to the mood and rhythms that rock their city as they add “Kansas City Pepper” to the Folk stew brewing on the Top Ten. The tune is from their recent release, Little Tortuga." Listen and buy “Kansas City Pepper” byScotch Hollow from AMAZON andiTunes"
-The Alternate Root
"If you’re looking for some good-time, get-down groove – a bit of funky soul mixed with a slightly country twang, you’ve found it in this marvel from Kansas City’s Scotch Hollow and their new album, Little Tortuga. A (currently) 6-piece outfit, they know how to move and slink along in a very warm and smile-inducing manner. Nevermind the fact that the album sounds great, it swings and you cannot help but get a vibe, especially listening to lead singer Carley Martin’s rich voice, a buoyancy which sometimes gives off shades of Bonnie Raitt. The playing by her comrades is stellar and fluid – this is one to listen to, start to finish..." continue reading
"The performances are as solid and spare as one would expect for this style of music. They certainly can raise a little sand in the down-home way. Website here, Facebook here. The opening track on Little Tortuga is 'Hocus Pocus' a vibrant country rocker with a generous helping of blues feeling adding to the vibe. Scotch Hollow deliver roots music with quality, energy and commitment. The band have an overall sound based on some refined musicianship and passionate vocals, that keeps pretty close to country and blues across the album." continue reading
"Kansas City, MO blues rock band Scotch Hollow has just dropped its sophomore album, Little Tortuga. Scotch Hollow is a roots band that mixes a generous helping of country twang with just enough blues to stir the pot. The group was founded by Mark Verbeck (guitar, songwriter) and vocalist Carly Martin, who met at the Berklee School of Music. Based in Kansas City, MO (after kicking around the Chicago scene for a time), the group now includes JD Linn (bass), Benjamin Scholz (drums, percussion), Brady Buster (harmonica) and Joel Schuman (piano). Verbeck wrote all but three songs and those were written by Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf and Blind Willie Johnson. The performances are as solid and spare as one would expect for this style of music. They certainly can raise a little sand in the down-home way.
"Little Tortuga is the latest album from Kansas City based band Scotch Hollow. The eleven tracks are a stunning displays of vocal prowess and instrumental virtuosity. Taking roots and blues, keeping it simple, while delivering depth of performance that would rival Challenger Deep, this is a band for which the term formidable is a gross understatement. Put this music on, sit back in a nice comfortable chair, get a beer and some food, then proceed to get your ass kicked. Oh yes, hold on brother, you're goin down. To call this a must have is to say breathing is underrated. Stream and buy Little Tortuga at the link below."
-Floorshime Zipper Boots
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Mark Verbeck - songwriter, guitar, producer
JD Linn- bass, producer, engineer
Benjamin Scholz - drummer/percussionist
Carley Martin - vocals
Brody Buster - harmonica
Joel Schuman- piano
Duane Trower - engineer, mixing (Weights and Measures Soundlab)
Brian Schwab - mastering (Schwab Music)
Seth Stork - album art & design (www.SethStorck.com)