Holly Elmhirst is a singer-songwriter who has been creating music as Angelou and Holly Lerski for over the course of two decades.
She has released four albums, many EPs and singles, and toured with artists including John Hiatt, Jason Mraz, Eddi Reader, Boo Hewerdine, Josh Rouse and The Cranberries.
In 2019, she went on a songwriting road trip across America, healing a broken heart and writing a new album. Initial demos were made in LA with the help of friend and Grammy award winner James ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson (Bonnie Raitt) and his musical family – Johnny Lee Schell (Bonnie Raitt), Tony Braunagel (Taj Mahal) and Diego ‘El Twanguero’ Garcia. These resulted in the Lerski and Hutchinson 2021 Kickstarter double A-side vinyl single, Carmel / Mighty Big Sur.
In 2022, she finally returned to America to record the full album – a 10 song-cycle road trip – with Nashville producer Matt Roley and the help of musicians Josh Hunt (Alison Krauss), SistaStrings (Brandi Carlile, Allison Russell) and Alex McCollough.
It was mixed by Jay William Henderson (Band of Annuals) and will be released in 2023, alongside an accompanying book.
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