Bobby Holliday

The path Bobby Holliday took creating “Crown of the Carolinas” was a lot like one of the many trails that wind through the Carolina Mountains. The idea began in 1998, but the journey started long before then. 

Singer songwriter, Bobby Holliday, began his musical career in the mid-60s as the front man for the garage bands “The Wyld” & “The Bojax”. Both bands still have a strong cult following, particularly in Europe, and a collection LP of their singles was released in 2004 on Italian record label Misty Lane Records. The highlight of The Bojax’s performing career was on New Years’ Eve 1966, when they opened for Herman’s Hermits & The Hollies at Charlotte Coliseum in NC.

Through the early 70s the band went through many incarnations, performing throughout the southeast and sharing the stage with artists such as Steely Dan, ZZ Top, Fleetwood Mac and others.

In 1975 Bobby began playing solo, recording his first album, “Home Grown”, which contained an early version of the song, “Red Hills & Cotton” that would appear thirty years later on “Crown of the Carolinas”. A second solo album, “Another Stage”, was released in 1977, which turned his path toward Nashville. Bobby performed nightly at the Hilton in Nashville, the place most concert acts stayed while in Nashville, and his audience regularly contained folks passing through like Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Tom Waits, and The Grateful Dead.