IPR's Clay Masters talks with singer and songwriter Jolie Holland about her new album 'Wine Dark Sea.'
Singer and Songwriter Jolie Holland has been making music since the 1990s. Her new album 'Wine Dark Sea' is this week's CD of the Week on IPR's Studio One. IPR's Clay Masters spoke with Holland soon after she finished recording the album.
Singer-songwriter Jolie Holland was born in Houston, Texas, and has also lived in San Francisco and Vancouver, where she was one of the founding members of The Be Good Tanyas. In her solo work, she has drawn inspiration from different genres of roots music to create her own unique sound. Holland's fifth studio album, Wine Dark Sea, blends elements of folk, blues, R&B, and vocal jazz to great effect.
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