Music Matters: Guitar changed Lang Holloman's life

Pensacola News Journal 'Entertainment' column:

When Lang Holloman was 4 years old, his mom left a case on the coffee table. He opened the case and saw his future. 

Holloman grew up with music all around his mother’s house in the Mississippi town of Meridian. She worked for Peavey Electronics, the audio equipment giant that has supplied musicians around the world since 1965. 

On that day, Holloman’s mom brought back something from work. 

“I was mesmerized,” he said. 

When he looked inside, Holloman saw a guitar. It would be the first time he ever touched one. Music has never left him since. 

When mom moved the family from Meridian to a small town east of the Mississippi Delta called Winona, Holloman tuned to the Southern rock of the late '70s and the blues of local AM radio stations. 

During his teens, he moved to Navarre to finish high school while living with his aunt and uncle. 

“I was in heaven,” he said of his new home. “They had a record collection forever long and crossing all genres of music.” 

He also started playing guitar with a friend who showed him the basics of blues. After a semester in college, Holloman returned to Meridian looking for a part time job. Instead, what he discovered was the church. During services, he sharpened his blues skills with country, soul and R&B. He learned when to play steady in the pocket and when to fly off the groove and let loose. 

For two years, he rocked the church band four times a week. He also played regular gigs with two other bands in the city. 

“I knew from that point that I always wanted to do that,” he said. “I didn’t want to play any other genre of music. Southern music is where it was at for me.” 

Holloman plays throughout the Gulf Coast. In January, he moved to the Seville district of Pensacola. In his historic home, Holloman started writing new songs. 

In June, he released “Soul Bells.” The title is a testament to the human spirit. 

“The idea came to me as people coming together to sing and rejoice about life,” he said. “Making it through the tough times with love, kindness, joy and happiness.”

Michael Smith, - 4:02 a.m. CDT August 5, 2016
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