The Hollow Springs Band, a family band from Callaway, has recently released its second album, “To The Wall.” Shown on the CD cover are, from left, Rebekah, James, Alison and Evan Seay.
Monday, October 28, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
The Hollow Springs Band, a local group comprised of a father and his three children, has released a second album and, like the band's first album, all songs were created by the members.
"We like playing and singing our own songs rather than doing some one else's," said James Seay, band leader and father of Rebekah, Alison and Evan Seay.
The new album, "To The Wall," consists of 12 original compositions and is a collaborative effort of all four band members.
James Seay developed his love of music from childhood. He is a single parent who homeschools his children, who lost their mother in a fatal accident when they were very young, at their home off Ferrum Mountain Road.
He plays guitar for the band and sings back-up vocals. Two of the songs on the new CD, "4 Cars, 3 Kids, and 2 Houses Later" and "To Forget You Said Goodbye," were written by him over 30 years ago.
Seay said he has been "waiting for the right time to have them recorded."
Rebekah, 17, is lead singer for the band and plays the fiddle and mandolin. She wrote two of the songs on the new CD, "Come Daybreak" and "The Dotted Line." She is a member of NASI (Nashville Association of Songwriters International) and will be attending Roanoke College next fall.
Alison, 15, plays the keyboard and sings backup for the band. She wrote two songs for the new CD, "Memories and Alcohol" and "Made It To Here."
Evan, 14, is the bass player and sings backup vocals for the band. He wrote three songs for the new CD, "God's Only Son," which is the group's first gospel song, "If" and "Love Songs 'Bout You."
The Hollow Springs Band has been playing public shows since September 2010, "when we got serious about it," said Seay.
The band plays country, bluegrass, rock, folk and even several classical selections.
"We all like doing the old country - you know, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Jeanne Pruett," Seay said.
The family has performed over 110 shows, four of them in Nashville, Tenn., along with venues in Roanoke, Salem, Bedford, Richmond, Mechanicsville, Bent Mountain, Crozet and Lynchburg. They also performed at the Virginia State Fair earlier this month.
"To The Wall" is available online at Amazon.com, iTunes.com, CDbaby.com and dozens of other online retailers, or at TheHollowSpringsBand.com.
"The Hollow Springs Band takes you back to the sounds of traditional country music from the 50s and 60s with a modern style that echoes in all of the 12 original compositions included on this project," said an album description on CDbaby.com. "Listeners will be amazed at the powerful lyrics and skillful performance that make The Hollow Springs Band shine."
The band's debut album, "Roads To Nowhere," was released in 2011 and is also available for purchase on the band's website.
The Hollow Springs Band invites fans to visit them on Facebook, Reverbnation.com and on Twitter.com @TheH_S_B.