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The Hollow Roots w/ John Statz and Kyle Cox - 7pm | $10

  • Uncommon Ground (Lakeview) 3800 North Clark Street Chicago, IL, 60613 United States (map)
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$10 COVER CHARGE IS ADDED TO YOUR FOOD AND BEVERAGE BILL


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The Hollow Roots met six years ago when all four members moved from their respective homes to Murfreesboro, TN. After playing out in Murfreesboro's dense house show scene for four years they amassed a small but loyal following. They have now moved to Nashville where they tour regularly and throw their own house shows. It's been a lengthy, but sound start to what will be a long journey for the four best friends. They pride themselves in being very in tune with new music so they build on to their classic rock roots. Pulling influence from the hardest rocking bands of the 60s and 70s, The Hollows have amassed an expansive repertoire of original, fuzz-drenched, soulful rock songs. Currently the band plans on playing as many shows in as many different places as possible and connecting with everyone they meet.


One of the more prolific and hard-working young songwriters working in the Americana genre, John Statz has released seven studio albums, and performed all over North America (including Canada and Mexico) and Europe, all in just a shade over a decade. John Statz was given a guitar by his grandmother when he was 15, which turned out to be perfectly timed for a teenager who, after ten years of piano lessons, had lost interest in classical music and had taken to learning John Lennon and Elton John tunes, first trying out his singing voice and turning towards rock and roll. Spending the rest of his high school years in southern Wisconsin attempting to play and sing like Neil Young and Cat Stevens, it wasn’t until Statz was 19 and attending university in Oshkosh that he began writing songs. The spark lit after attending a show at the storied Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin featuring Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey, who quickly became heroes, and, much later on, fast friends and colleagues. The first record, Dusk Came Slow, was engineered by a friend enrolled in the university recording program, and what followed for John has been 11 years of touring everywhere from Bellingham to Budapest, Fairbanks to Mexico City, all the while becoming a stronger songwriter, and a more compelling performer.


It might seem incongruous that the most intimate songs that flow from the heart and pen of a skilled songwriter are also sometimes the most deeply relatable to many who hear said songs, but that is the sonic sweet spot in which Kyle Cox practices his craft. The hoops- and hooks-loving (basketball and catchy songs, respectively), Nashville-based Cox, who recently signed a label/management deal with Rock Ridge Music, will consummate the partnership with the June 3, 2016 release of his five-song EP, Trio and Friends. Cox’s uncanny ability to connect with his audience is the bridge that leads his followers over the troubled waters of everyday life.