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Rod Holt and the Fractured Souls to unveil debut album

Band will host CD release party at 340 Creative Group

From left, singer Rod Holt’s band the Fractured Souls includes bassist William Pawley, drummer Bill Denson and guitarist Kevin O’Lear. (herald file photo)

From left, singer Rod Holt’s band the Fractured Souls includes bassist William Pawley, drummer Bill Denson and guitarist Kevin O’Lear. (herald file photo)

ALBANY — Certainly Rod Holt hopes that area music fans find things in the 12 original songs on his and his band the Fractured Souls’ eponymous debut album that they will enjoy listening to.

But the truth of the matter is, even that simple bit of serendipity would be a bonus.

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Rod Holt and his band the Fractured Souls will host a CD release party at 340 Media Group’s stage Saturday. A copy of the 12-song CD is included in the $10 admission. (Herald file photo)

“I think it’s this way with any musician: You listen to your work and you think, ‘I could have done this here or added that there or done that bit a little differently,’” Holt said as he and the Souls prepared to unveil their album at a CD release party Saturday night. “But I’m proud to get this out there, proud that I’ve done something I’ve wanted to do since I got involved with music.

“And it’s a pretty cool feeling to know that, even if I never do another album, I did this one.”

Holt and the Fractured Souls have built a growing fan base playing at local clubs in the region and are offering copies of their CD, plus entry Saturday into the release party at the 340 Creative Group’s 2516-H Dawson Road digs, for $10.

“Rod Holt and the Fractured Souls,” recorded at sound engineer Ed McRee’s Albany studio, was two years in the making and includes tunes written primarily by the singer.

“I got with some area musicians who liked what I was doing with my songs, and they encouraged me (to record the CD),” Holt said. “Ed played a little bit of everything on the album, and Kevin O’Lear and Evan Barber helped out a lot. Everyone just kind of fell in and did what they could.”

Others who played on the album include widely known local musicians Bubba Hall, Jeb Tabb, Blane Johnson, Jimmy Pike, Jon Wills, Joe Maxey and Chris Stanich.

O’Lear stayed on to play guitar for the Fractured Souls, but Holt recruited a trio of stellar area musical veterans — the “two Bills,” drummer William Denson and bassist William Pawley, and keyboardist Brad Kersey — to complete the current lineup that has been playing local clubs for the last several months.

“We’ll play all 12 songs on the album and six or seven other originals (at the CD release party) Saturday,” Holt said. “We’ve already worked up enough new material for another album, but we want to get this album out there first before we start demo-ing the new material.

“We’ll see how things go (with CD sales), but no matter what happens it’s pretty cool to know you can go to iTunes or amazon.com or any of the other sites and click on ‘Rod Holt and the Fractured Souls’ and download our stuff. It kinda makes all the work we put into it worth it.”

Saturday’s release party will feature a cash bar. It is an all-ages show, so IDs must be provided to drink. Doors will open at 8 p.m. with music set to start at 8:30.