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MP3 McHolland Trace - Justus

Country music...with a twist. Songwriting duo creating rapidly growing interest with their alluring mix of original heart-felt lyrics and signature "grass roots" sound. Songs written to appeal to a broad range of listeners with varying musical preferences

15 MP3 Songs in this album (59:41) !
Related styles: Country: Alt-Country, Country: Progressive Country, Featuring Guitar

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McHolland Trace

Thank you for visiting our site. We hope you will find our music to your liking. We have been writing songs together for approximately ten years and feel this CD contains some of our best material. But before we get too carried away, allow me to answer the question that has been left unanswered entirely too long... “Who is this McHolland Trace we’ve heard absolutely nothing about?”
McHolland Trace is a newly on the scene songwriting duo residing in Louisville, Kentucky. We are Tracy Self, primary author of lyrics and lead vocals, and Michael McHolland, sole creator of the majority of the music on our CD as well as supporting vocals. As mentioned earlier, we have been creating songs together for several years. Our partnership was fueled initially by the death of both our fathers. Getting together and playing music was a great outlet to escape the depression we each had fallen into. When our fathers passed away it left a hole in our hearts that only music could help to mend. Both of us had promised on numerous occasions to seriously attempt to find success with our music. Half-hearted attempts were all we ever managed to deliver. We lacked the confidence to try knowing how difficult, if not nearly impossible, it is to be heard, much less discovered. However, all that changed with a final death bed promise we were determined to honor. We are proud to say nearly ten years later, we are still writing songs and creating music together. It by far has been one of the most fulfilling and self-rewarding experiences of our lives. One we now can’t live without.
On this journey we have created numerous demo songs to eventually try to get into the hands of the “right people”, never sure of who they were or how to find them. As a result we have ended up with an impressive collection of songs. From this collection there were several songs similar enough in style to be compiled to form a CD, which we titled JUSTUS {pronounced justice}, and is now accessible to millions of people around the world thanks to CDBaby.
You may be wondering what inspired us to take this approach to finding the “right people”. The simple answer is our inspiration came from the encouragement and support we received from our friends and families. As we would periodically share our songs with them to review, a common response was, “You guys need to do something with your music.” We would always explain the frustration we experience daily not knowing how to get the songs into the hands of the right person to deliver them effectively. What flattered us was there were many people who thought we made the songs great ourselves. They started asking for CD’s of our music, which we gladly obliged. Later we were being told we had to hurry up and finish with the next CD because they couldn’t wait to get it. We started getting requests from friends and friends of friends to come play at various locations and types of events. We had to then sit back and savor the moment for a minute before we broke it to them gently that it was just us they were listening to on the CD. We don’t have a band. We are songwriters. Would we love to be in our band playing our songs someday? What songwriter wouldn’t? However, our passion is, and always will, reside in the creation of songs. But how are our “masterpieces” going to be heard without a band out playing them every weekend to generate interest? This was the impossible question that kept us at a crossroads for quite some time unsure how to proceed. We stopped.
We then heard about CDBaby and thought to ourselves, “ we can be just us and get our music heard.” And that’s just what we have done. We fulfilled an overdue promise to at least give it our best attempt to promote our music, and in doing so, have had the experience of a lifetime. From our perspective we have nothing to lose and much to gain by promoting our songs with CDBaby. In our hearts we have already succeeded. We are very proud of the songs we have written. If this journey were to stop immediately it would have been a worthwhile experience. However, if we were to develop a small group of others interested in our music as well, it would be even more rewarding. The possibility that a producer or artist looking for new songs might browse CDBaby and fall in love with one of our songs also would be incredible. Our expectations are small; our dreams are big. Please enjoy McHolland Trace – JUSTUS. We sincerely hope you find something in this collection written especially for you.
This CD has been dedicated to all the brave and honorable soldiers and other military personnel in all branches of the United States Armed Forces who have ever served and fought for our country. Your bravery and valor have not gone unnoticed nor been unappreciated. To those that have sacrificed all...We salute you.
Track # 7, “Fighting My Way Back to You”, is dedicated to my brother Major Troy M. Self, apache helicopter pilot for the US army. He has served for nearly twenty years in some capacity or another based out of Fort Knox military base in Kentucky. His dedication and commitment should be recognized.
This CD is a compilation of alternative country to progressive country songs; a combination we have consistently referred to as “country’s cousin” when asked what kind of music we play. It is obviously from the same family tree, but formed from a different branch. JUSTUS is a unique collection of various styles and sub-categories of country music. There is something in it for everyone. There are several tracks with a bluegrass feel, a few that could be labeled contemporary country / pop, some that could be alternative or progressive country, a couple of country gospel tracks and one country rock tune; Plenty of good stuff to keep you from getting bored.
We try to write intelligently constructed, concise, well written songs accompanied by a unique infusion of many types of stringed instruments. Though most our songs feature impressively talented and oftentimes intricate guitar and bass work, many rhythm section accompaniments are supplemented by Mike McHolland’s unique approach to dobro and mandolin picking which adds an unsuspectingly alluring twist to an otherwise killer stand- alone backbone that structures each song.

McHolland Trace - JUSTUS . Listen today! We might just surprise you.

Thank you and may God bless. Your support and feedback is greatly appreciated.

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