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The name Desert Hollow is a definition for the geographical and artistic influences of this traveling duo. Xander Hitzig and Nicole Olney teamed up in love and music a few years back.

Xander comes from the West Virginia countryside, and Nicole from the California desert. Both influences are prominent on their debut EP, “Thirsty”. Her lilting vocal seems to melt into the sturdy, eclectic musical beds of each tune. His voice is as deliberate as an old-school folkie singing with no amplification. When the two come together in harmony, it’s as if they have known each other all their lives. Listening to their music, one is pulled back through the decades in a time machine made of stringed instruments only to land in the present day folk and alt-country scene.



“Desert Hollow hit the road with worldly folk-pop anthem “Thirsty” -- Glide Magazine

“A refreshing blend of old-timey country folk, blood harmonies, knee-slapping hoedowns, this album will definitely leave listeners “Thirsty” for more.” -- Pop Matters

"Thirsty is such a joyful song... The sounds are traditional, the instruments true country." --  WoNo Magazine

"I love it when new music drops into my inbox. I love it even more when it is as wonderful as this EP Thirsty from Desert Hollow. Music that is refreshing, melodic, full of hooks and marvelous harmonies. I’ll review it in full nearer to the release on 21 May 2021, but, oh my it’s very good…"

-- Hobo On The Tracks

"Modern indie folkies blaze a nu trail without ignoring what's come before. Working right out of the box with a simple banjo riff and an innocent, plaintiff vocal, these young ‘un have the feel and the knack for hitting it out of the park in the first trip to the plate. Solid stuff that grabs on and doesn't let go." -- Midwest Record

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