Dr. Kelly Renee Showalter

With her husband by her side, Dr. Kelly Renee Showalter, 32, of Lewisburg, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, October 2, 2011, at the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.

Born April 30, 1979 in Bluefield, WV, she was the daughter of Richard L. Showalter and the late, Mary Elizabeth “Susie” Showalter.

Kelly was a devoted wife, friend and doctor. She graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA with her brother in May 2001. She later graduated from WVU’s medical school and became a pediatrician for the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center and the Robert C. Byrd Clinic in Lewisburg, WV. Kelly enjoyed the music of Jimmy Buffet and spending time with her husband and their beagle, Lucy.

Kelly’s warm smile, heart and positive attitude impacted the lives of her family, friends and patients. She spent the last few months of her life honoring her mother and taking care of her family.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Chris Hollandsworth, her father, Richard L. “Dick” Showalter, her brother, Brian Showalter and his wife, Sarah Blake Showalter, their daughter Mary Elizabeth Showalter and a host of family and friends.

The visitation for family members will be Friday, October 7 at 5pm. Friends and colleagues may visit from 6pm to 8pm. Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 8 at 12 noon at Tyree Funeral Home in Oak Hill with Rev. Ralph Calfee officiating. Burial will be at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Oak Hill.

Friends may call from 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, honorary donations may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway, Suite 2700, New York, NY 10006 or by visiting The American Liver Foundation.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting Tyree Funeral Home.

Arrangements by Tyree Funeral Home, Oak Hill.

It’s been nearly twelve years since the Athens, GA experimental, psych-pop band, Olivia Tremor Control released a full-length album. 1999’s musical collage, Black Foilage: Animation Music Volume One incorporated nearly every instrument possible, or so it seems and loads of overdubbing and cutting & pasting. The band announced a U.S. tour early this month and here is a portion of an interview with Cullen Hart, Eric Harris and Bill Doss of Olivia Tremor Control. This interview was printed in James Madison University’s student newspaper, The Breeze in late 1999.

Brian Showalter: Who did you listen to when you were growing up?
Cullen Hart:I listened to the Beatles for the most part until I reached the age of 8 years old. Eric Harris: I was the opposite. I listened to country until the age of 8 years old, then the Beatles.
CH: I listened to bad 70’s hits. My sister had a 45 collection from 1970 to 1975 and that was my experience I suppose. After that, it was all KISS, heavy metal and some Pink Floyd. I worked college radio from 1988 to 1989, so that was a really good experience with bands like Sonic Youth, The Butthole Surfers and bands of the punk persuasion. So post-punk and psychedelic stuff was the basis of my education.

BS: So what are your plans for your next album?
Bill Doss: We’ll be playing a few songs that will be on it tonight and what we are doing is play it as we go along. We record a song and having played it for a year or two, it turns into something totally different: arrangements change and it’s just kind of morphed and you bring more instrumentation in. So we are going to try it that way.
CH: Normally, we are an overdubbing type band. We just layer things and layer things. It will be more of a live band feel with things over top of it.
BD: That’s the thing — it is like the live band and the studio record are totally different personalities. So we are trying to merge those together to get more of a live band feel, but still have the full recorded sound.

BS: Are you planning on making a movie incorporating your library of music?
Cullen Hart: Yeah. We have a few different ideas on that kind of thing. I think it would be more like a video of clips people have filmed and sent to us. Because that was kind of the idea with “Unrealized Film Script.” A lot of people said, “I made a video for one of your songs.” I think we should just compile them all, but Joey Foreman, who has done a lot of work for us visually, listened to songs and we have talked about ideas for a video. He probably has about a half an hour of footage that has to do with the songs. So we will do something sometime with it. (Laughs)

Seattle’s The Head and the Heart continue to build momentum. According to a new “On the Verge” article posted at USAToday.com, the band is working towards a fall headlining tour. After supporting talent such as Iron & Wine and the Decemberists and performing at Bonnaroo, the band will take part in the Austin City Limits Festival and the Newport Folk Festival.

For those of you who haven’t experienced The Head and the Heart’s blend of pop, rock and americana, you can purhcase their self-titled SubPop Records album at Amazon.com for $5 thru July 31. In fact, their single “Lost in My Mind,” is a free download at Amazon.com. You can take a listen to the track here:

Here’s a taste of what the band is like in a live in studio setting:

“Yes, Republican base you are just like that jury. It is pathetically clear who is killing the middle class, but you (Republican voters) keep letting them get away with murder.”

One of my favorite albums of the year so far is AWOLNATION’s Megalithic Symphony. “Sail” is the obvious hit song from the album but one underappreciated song is “Wake Up.” The song is a dancey, upbeat, bass-driven song that follows “Sail” and propels the album to its close. See for yourself:


Then there is the tried and true “Wake Up” from that band called, Rage Against the Machine. Their “Wake Up” is the standout track from their self-titled debut album from 1991. It’s no surprise that the song is placed in the heart of the album because their “Wake Up” features the band hitting on all cylinders. Having the song featured during the final sequence of the Matrix didn’t hurt either:


Lastly, what is by now considered an indie rock classic, the Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” is a song of an almost cathartic nature. Their “Wake Up” ends The Funeral and it leaves the listener with a sense of hope as Win Butler finishes off the song with the exclamation, “You better look out below!” When witnessing the band perform the song live, it’s almost impossible to feel the sense of urgency and conviction that defines the Arcade Fire:


Here is a fascinating video from indie singer/songwriter, Josh Garrels of Portland, OR. The video is for the lead track, “White Owl” from his recently released album, Love & War & the Sea in Between. The album is available as a free download at NoiseTrade. The animation was created by Daniel and Arien Armstrong.

Josh Garrels is a Chrisian musician but not in the obvious sense of the word. His songwriting is pensive, engaging and full of hope. His earthy sound is in the same vein as Damien Rice (minus the cursing) and Ben Harper.

Barton Hollow, the first full length album from The Civil Wars is available for a mere $5 at Amazon as an MP3 download. Since it’s release in February, Barton Hollow has peaked at #1 on the iTunes album charts, #1 on the Billboard Digital Albums chart and #2 on the Billboard Folk Albums chart. The band has performed twice on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno in the last year. In addition, the Civil Wars have been nominated for Best Emerging Artist by the Americana Music Association. Lastly, it didn’t hurt that Taylor Swift tweeted about the Civil Wars in late 2010.

Standout tracks on the album include the title track, the emotional barnburner “Poison & Wine and “My Father’s Father.” Check back soon for our review of Barton Hollow. An album we feel is one of the most consistent albums of 2011.