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when discussion turns to influences; the conversation starts with Duane
Eddy, Grady Martin, Scotty Moore, and Cliff Gallup, then advances to
other genres, including Johnny Ramone and Mike Campbell from Tom
Petty's Heartbreakers ("He's just such a tasty player," says Holopter). He
also is a fan of jazz, especially big bands, and really anything that uses
"raw tones on the guitar."
His history showcases similar diversity, rooted in the childhood
discovery of his sister's old Kay guitar in the closet.
"She never played it," he remembered. "It had a warped neck, but I
learned some cowboy chords on it, took lessons for about six months,
then started playing by ear."
In '78, he joined a band in Missouri that eventually headed for the
West Coast.
"It was kind of a ska thing. We had the horns and everything. I also
really started to get into roots and rockabilly stuff about that time."
When dreams didn't come to fruition for that band, he moved to
Kansas City, where he hooked up with a band called the Bindlestiffs,
which played the Midwest and recorded a couple of CDs.
The key guitar in his collection is a '59 Gretsch Country Gentleman.
"She stays home. I'd love to bring her out, but..."
For the stage, he mostly plays a reissue Gretsch Silver Jet 5120, along
with a Fender G.E. Smith Telecaster and an early-'50s Magnatone lap
steel for slide. They run through a '78 Fender Deluxe Reverb and a
vintage Gretsch 6159 bass amp, to keep his tones "raw." His most recent
acquisition is a Supro Royal Reverb reissue.
Holopter happily reports that the new record is getting lots of positive
reaction and the band is playing live and booking an extensive tour next
year. - John Heidt

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