Name: Hollis Brown
Latest Project: Cluster of Pearls
Tacos: Luna's Food Truck in Austin, Texas. Good hang. Good vibe. Cool colors. The steak tacos are out of control.
Pizza: Polito's Pizza in New York City. This is my local pizzeria in Queens — my go-to on the day after a long tour is done! I love that it’s a neighborhood spot. The plain slice is one of the best in New York City.
Burger: Lamb burger in Clavesana, Italy. I decided on this particular burger because the chef personally ran the local farm that nurtured the whole meal. Unbelievable.
Dive Bar: Dino's in Nashville, Tennessee. Couldn't believe it the first time. Second time was awesome. Third time, loved it. Where else can you smoke, watch Tommy on VHS, and feel like you're in a 1950s time warp?
Record Store: Concerto in Amsterdam. They love their roots music. They love all of their music, actually. We did an in-store acoustic show there, and it was really cool. They had an actual Van Gogh on the wall. Enough said.
Listening Room: City Winery. Great sound. Great hospitality. Good people. We have done both Chicago and New York. Love this gig.
House Concert: Live@ Drews in Ringwood, New Jersey; Hamilton Park House Concerts in New York City. Both have mastered the art, the intimacy, and the awesomeness of what a true house concert should be. They provide really solid sound for a house show. The atmosphere and excitement of the audience is really cool. The people who attend are real music lovers and deeply care about the art.
Backstage Hang: Red Rocks in Morrison, Colorado. When the backstage is rock, you know you're doing something right.
Music Festival: Firefly in Dover, Delaware. Nicest staff and most comfortable artist grounds I have ever experienced. Super friendly and safe, too.
Highway Stretch: Coast of California. Unbelievable views. Cool cars. I love making this drive. Stop in Big Sur and keep going.
Day Off Activity: Sleep, eat, smoke, repeat. We rarely get days off. When we do, I am usually in recovery.
Driving Album: The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street. This is one of my all-time favorite albums. Exile takes you on a ride. From the up-tempo rockers at the start ("Rocks Off," "Rip This Joint") to the bluesy covers ("Shake Your Hips," "Stop Breaking Down") to the acoustic jams and ballads ("Torn and Frayed," "Let It Loose”), the sound is perfect for driving on the open road anywhere — whether the countryside of England or the Arizona desert. Just a perfect album.
Photo credit: Shervin Lainez