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Live on Excursions: Al Holbrook

Al Holbrook

Al Holbrook's sound will catch a room by surprise, filling it with feeling and emotion solely by his fingers gracing the keys accompanied by a soulful voice. "I have great admiration for anyone who will just be by themselves and perform," host Niki Dakota explains as she introduces her musical guest to the studio.

Holbrook is a Dayton-native and can be spotted all over the Miami Valley performing at venues like the Trolley Stop and Canal Street Tavern. This Friday, August 6th, you can experience him yourself at J-Alans in Downtown.

Holbrook displays an entire spectrum of musical genres in the WYSO studios beginning with a blues track about his hometown, "Fire on a Burning Wheel," then going into a meditative piece, "Silence", a part of his instrumental album Mantra, and finally a classic R&B influenced song titled "Packing My Bags." He currently is working on a forthcoming album and a teaching program following his overarching philosophy on music, "If you can hear it, you can play it."

For more information on Al Holbrook and his music visit www.myspace.com/alholbrook.

Interview by Niki Dakota
Adapted for the web by Chris de la Cruz

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Born a Hoosier, but only living there in spurts, Niki Dakota spent much of her young life moving around the United States with her archeologist mother. Throughout these years, there was always a ukulele somewhere close at hand. By the time the family settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Dakota found herself in pursuit of professional music-making as she headed-up the Alterna-Folk band, Plow On Boy. In the course of her first live radio interview to promote the band, Niki’s keen excitedness manifest itself in extreme chattiness. At the conclusion of the segment, the DJ closed the mic and said, “You need to be in radio."  That was in 1990.