In 2018, renowned pianist Holly Bowling has been focused on Ghost Light, her new project with Tom HamiltonRaina MullenScotty Zwang, and Steve Lyons. With the band’s summer tour primarily wrapped up, save for an upcoming appearance at LOCKN’ Festival next weekend, Bowling has had increasingly more time to devote to her solo endeavors.

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Yesterday, Bowling released the fifth installment in her Music Nerdery video series, which finds the pianist diving deep into the music theory that underlies her fan-favorite solo piano translations of iconic Phish and Grateful Dead tunes. For this new episode, Bowling explains her take on Phish’s “Frankie Says”, describing how she mimics all the complex layers of the tune on solo piano. Noting that the song is “super fun, because it has a bunch of different layers and parts we get to put together,” Bowling walks viewers through her interpretation of the song, while also offering helpful, and frequently silly, tips and commentary.

Holly Bowling – Music Nerdery Vol. 5 – “Frankie Says”


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Following Ghost Light’s upcoming appearance at LOCKN’ Festival, Holly Bowling will embark on a brief solo tour, kicking off ahead of Phish’s annual mecca to Colorado’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with a show at Denver’s Bluebird Theater on August 30th. Following the Labor Day weekend run, Bowling heads to the South, with stops in Charleston, South Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Asheville, North Carolina, ahead of a stop at Washington, DC’s Hamilton on September 9th.

Moving northward, Bowling will continue onto to Asbury Park, New Jersey; Fairfield, Connecticut; New York, New York; Ardmore, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts; and Cohoes, New York, from September 11th through 16th. As for the West Coast, Bowling will make stops across Washington and Oregon ahead of a stop at the iconic Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, California, on September 23rd, before reconvening with Ghost Light in Omaha on September 26th. For more information and ticketing, head here.

[H/T JamBase]