Happy Birthday, Peter Holsapple

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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Happy Birthday, Peter Holsapple

Today we celebrate the birth of a man who puts the jangle in jangle-pop, the power in power-pop, and... well, basically, he’s just a damned fine guitarist. (Plus, he plays a mean mandolin, too.)

Peter Holsapple was born in Connecticut in 1956, and when his family moved to North Carolina in 1962, the still-in-single-digits Holsapple was obliged to move with them. The shift in locate proved fortuitous in the long run, however, as it ultimately led Holsapple to cross paths with guys like his future dB’s bandmates Chris Stamey, Will Rigby, and Gene Holder, not to mention musicians/producers Mitch Easter and Don Dixon.

In addition to his work in the aforementioned dB’s, who in 2012 released the first studio album in 25 years (Falling Off the Sky), Holsapple has also teamed with Stamey for the highly regarded Mavericks album, done a bit of solo work, and provided his musical services to everyone from R.E.M and Hootie & the Blowfish to the Chills and the Troggs.

In honor of Holsapple’s birthday, we’re spinning the dB’s 1984 effort Like This, featuring the classic power pop single “Love is for Lovers,” and the aforementioned Mavericks album. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!