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Frog Holler’s 19 song debut, originally released in 1998, remastered, repackaged and back in print
Prior to Frog Holler, front man Darren Schlappich had never been in a band before. Schlappich was a beginning guitar player with a handful of bluegrass inspired, locally themed songs when he met up with banjo player Mike Lavdanski and bass player Will Dennis in 1997. Berks County is Pennsylvania Dutch country and Schlappich’s songs resonated an affection for his hometown’s unique culture while refusing to conform to the conservative lifestyle of the band’s home base. Frog Holler was fueled by a burgeoning arts & music scene centered around Kutztown, PA and the state university there. Guitar player and songwriter John Kilgore and drummer Toby Martin, both KU alumni, rounded out the band as it prepped 23 brand new songs and headed into the studio.
In February 1998 Frog Holler officially released its 19 song debut, Couldn’t Get Along on its own ZoBird Records imprint. They pressed only 300 homemade copies with no more expectation than to sell them locally at shows. The record quickly gained the attention of Philadelphia radio station WXPN and fans followed. California boutique distributor, Miles of Music picked it up and suddenly Frog Holler was making considerable noise well beyond the confines of Virginville, PA. Couldn’t Get Along yielded some of Frog Holler’s most enduring songs including, #5 Bluebilly County,
#1 One More, #12 Supposed To Be Livin, and #2 Possum, the heartbreaking confessional tale of a wayward driver as told to a widowed marsupial.
Keeping up with the homemade production of Couldn’t Get Along proved difficult and after selling 2,000 copies the record fell out-of-print in the early 2000’s. Fast forward to 2010, Frog Holler have released six full-length recordings and an EP. They have cemented their reputation as an independent band capable of charting their own course, both creatively in the studio and as a touring band. Their heartbreaking songs and heart stopping live shows have propelled them well into their second decade. The time seemed right to give Couldn’t Get Along a re-master and a new life in the digital age. ZoBird Records is thrilled to announce that Couldn’t Get Along is available again on CD @ CD Baby and digital downloads @ iTunes and all other digital outlets.