You may know her from her 2003 duet on "It's True That We Love One Another," in which she claims to "love Jack White like a little brother."
Or maybe it's from her recordings with Billy Childish's Thee Headcoats, or its all-female garage rock spinoff, Thee Headcoatees.
Or you may not know her at all, in which case it's clearly time to get acquainted.
A coal miner's granddaughter and certified horse trainer, Holly Golightly moved two years ago from London to Georgia with her partner/bandmate Lawyer Dave. They currently live there with three horses named Huckleberry, Zella and, yes, Coal Miner. Recording as Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs, they've managed to push the singer-songwriter's discography up to nearly two dozen albums, an accomplishment she doesn't see as all that remarkable.
"It sort of averages about one album a year, and I don't think that's incredibly prolific," says Golightly. "I mean, if you're not writing one song a month, then you should probably get another job."
Right now, Golightly's job is touring behind Medicine County, the latest in a series of ramshackle releases that began with 2007's thoughtfully titled You Can't Buy a Gun When You're Crying. The couple's four records are all rooted in the American folk-blues tradition that inspired the British groups Golightly grew up listening to on the radio.
"I realized that the early British beat stuff was influenced by the same things I'm influenced by, but just 30 or 40 years earlier. I mean, let's face it, the first Rolling Stones record was basically Muddy Waters songs, and the first Beatles record was Arthur Alexander songs."
Although early Golightly songs like "Virtually Happy" and "Rain Down Rain" contained trace elements of Phil Spector-spawned girl groups and Patti Smith-era punk, she insists that the current, more down-home approach has always been part of her songwriting.
"The way I write songs has not changed at all, really, it's more how we mess about with them," she says, dismissing the notion that her move to Georgia influenced the banjo and fiddle arrangement on the new track "I Can't Lose." "Certainly a lot of my reference points have been generated from [the American South]. But where we are doesn't dictate what we sound like. It's more the fact that we have a studio at home and we have more time to spend on things when we're not on the road. That and too much barbecue, and, you know, sleeping more."
The duo's not getting nearly as much sleep during its current tour, which includes perennially trendy clubs like L.A.'s Spaceland and Austin's Emo's. And don't forget Little Rock, Ark., where the Brokeoffs just played the somewhat lesser-renowned Sticky Fingerz Rock 'n Roll Chicken Shack.
"It was a great show, actually," says Golightly. "When you got to a small city that you haven't played, you don't know what to expect."
Except, maybe, chicken: "Well, yeah, they had a lot of chicken. Actually, they didn't have anything else but chicken."
Coffee, on the other hand, has been a bit scarce lately.
"They need to open some coffee shops in Alabama," Golightly mourns. "Between Birmingham and Little Rock, the road is sadly bereft of coffee."
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