Click on the links above for biographies of Blue Holler band members.
Blue Holler got its start at Whigham School near Cairo, Georgia, in the
fall of 2004. The Whigham Community Club was having its annual banquet and
needed some entertainment. Word was they didn't have a budget to pay musicians,
so another group passed on the job, and the search was on for some bluegrass
There had been some talk between Lamar Keen and Alex Greenberg at a festival
a few weeks earlier about starting a band. Alan Kaye was interested too, because
he and Alex wanted to gather a pick-up group and play as sort of a service to the
community. Lamar was all for it. Multi-instrumentalist Seabie Ewer had been
looking for opportunities to play bass, so he was interested too.
The group that played at Whigham School included Alan on guitar, Lamar on
mandolin, Alex on guitar, Seabie on bass, Pat Tillman on banjo, his father
Max Tillman on fiddle, and Cliff Starr on dobro. As it turned out, the club
did pay the group for playing. The original name of the group was The
Ochlocknee Signal Corps.
Max and Pat were selling tickets to an upcoming Larry Rice benefit concert
in Tallahassee and helping to promote it. Most of the guys bought tickets to
that concert with the money from the Whigham Community Club banquet.
A few months later there was a picnic and live recording session at
Clyde Scott's BluegrassRadio.org studio in Moultrie, Georgia. Mike Crout
was there looking for a band to join. He met Seabie and began talking about
playing with our group. He had been thinking of the name Blue Holler, and it
soon got voted as the best name anyone in the group could think of.
By then the band was on its way to becoming a local bluegrass favorite. We have
played many places and met lots of fine folks since then, and we appreciate all
the opportunities we have had.