For four decades, Lonnie Holley has devoted his life to the practice of improvisational creativity. His art and music, born out of struggle, hardship, but perhaps more importantly, out of furious curiosity and biological necessity, has manifested itself in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, and more recently performance and recordings. The layers of sound are the result of years of evolving experimentation; improvised on the spot, Holley’s sounds and lyrics morph with every event, concert, and recording.
In 2006, Matt Arnett, whose father has collected Holley’s art since the 1980s, organized the first professional recordings of Holley’s music. In 2010, Arnett set up a performance by Holley at his home; Dust-to-Digital label-head Lance Ledbetter was in attendance, and signed Holley to his label. The result was the album Just Before Music. In 2013 Holley’s second album, Keeping A Record of It, was released. Holley began touring as a musician in 2013.