The blues explosion in the mid- to late 1990s out of Arkansas began with the reemergence of the Albert King inspired Michael Burks Band and up-and-comer and Forth Smith, Ark. Blues Club's own favorite slinger Chris Cameron.
Joining the fraternity is Michael Holloway, who came to Arkansas after growing up in Mississippi and the Mississippi Delta. His exposure to music came early, accompanying his father to blues jams with other workers in the wood pulp business.
Playing from the left side, Holloway learned the guitar on his own, playing his father's instrument upside down. Gibson created a left-handed Dobro especially for him. And he had input into the design of the ES336 he plays, which is the first left-handed model the company ever made.
Favorites include "Red Thunderbird," which is dedicated to NASCAR driver Bill Elliot, "the baddest cat to ever sit behind the wheel of a fast Ford," the Billy Gibbons' inspired "Ten Most Wanted" and the Albert King laced "King of the Blues."
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