Holly Smith

Holly is a London-born-and raised country music lunatic, who co-hosts the podcast Strokes of Country and spends 90% of her time in an existential crisis brought on by country music lyrics.

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INTERVIEWIn Focus: Brit Taylor

By Holly Smith, February 2, 2023

Ahead of the release of her 2023 album Kentucky Blue, Brit joins Holler to talk about her home of Kentucky, writing with Sturgill Simpson and the evolution of her music.

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ALBUM REVIEWMadeline Edwards - Crashlanded

By Holly Smith, October 31, 2022

A solid debut of dreamy western, documenting the story of Madeline Edwards' personal manifesto

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ALBUM REVIEWElle King - Come Get Your Wife

By Holly Smith, January 23, 2023

King was never officially ‘in’ country music to begin with, but she’s proof that if you show the genre reverence, you can run straight at it with boots worth their scuffs and songs worth their strings.

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ALBUM REVIEWTaylor Swift - Midnights

By Holly Smith, October 24, 2022

On Midnights, it’s clear that Swift may have been tested but she isn’t trapped; accepting that, in some games, there doesn’t always have to be a winner.

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STAFF PICKSGabe Lee - The Hometown Kid

By Holly Smith, October 24, 2022

Gabe might have found himself in Honky Tonk Hell, but for the listener, he’s been generous enough to find a way to transcend the depths and make it heaven.