Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs Charm Toronto

Holly Golightly and Lawyer Dave, known together as Holly Golightly and The Brokeoffs, sparkled Wednesday night at the Horseshoe. Few duos – and there are many – have the ability to light up a room the way they did; their chemistry was undeniable and seemingly effortless.

Holly and Dave’s hillbilly rock sounds like it’s straight out of the past. Holly’s voice is rich with soul and twang, while remaining lighter than air, floating above Lawyer Dave’s southern drawl. Their guitars dance with one another; Holly often laying out the framework while Dave weaves in some colour. Special recognition should be given to Lawyer Dave, whose multitasking abilities are second to none. He plays percussion with his feet better than some drummers play with all of their limbs and does it while playing guitar and singing, too. It’s nothing short of amazing!

Since the release of The Good Things back in 1995, Holly has toyed with genres from classic country to garage rock, blues and everything in between. This set stuck to her signature Nashville gothic style, as does the duo’s latest record, Sunday Run Me Over. The set list included “My 45”, a call-and-response tune about wanting to kill one another, “Pistol Pete”, a spooky cabaret waltz, and, my personal favourite, “Salt Lake City”, which declares “you can turn around an oxcart in Salt Lake City, and they think that’s a really good time…but you ain’t gonna have a good time.” Their dark and witty lyrics are set to a jaunty country-blues shuffle and the result is incredibly fun! “Devil Do”, a cheeky song about being loved by the devil, is the one I would recommend to anyone unfamiliar with Holly Golightly. It epitomizes retro rock; capturing both their edgy and whimsical sides perfectly.

Holly Golightly and The Brokeoffs were positively charming from their first note to their last.

Hilary Johnston
Hilary Johnston is a writer, event manager and musician from Toronto.
Hilary Johnston