Lacuna, the debut album by guitarist Tom Hamilton and pianist Holly Bowling, has been announced for release on November 19 via Royal Potato Family. The duo, who also perform together in the acclaimed rock band Ghost Light, captured the music in one stream of consciousness, completely improvised recording session at Hamilton’s studio The Ballroom in Philadelphia. Through a series of ambient excursions, Hamilton and Bowling showcase their powerful musical connection. A video excerpt from the recording session has been released today. Upon the release of Lacuna, Hamilton and Bowling will head out for a series of six shows, including performances in New York City, Colorado and San Francisco, with additional dates being planned for 2022.
The impetus for recording Lacuna came during the summer of 2020 while Bowling was isolated at her home in Northern California and Hamilton essentially lived in his Philadelphia studio. Bowling—pregnant with her first child at the time—embarked on a cross-country road trip to visit her family in Maine. On her way back home in September, she took a detour to visit Hamilton. The pair caught up, sat down at their instruments, Bowling on baby grand piano and Hamilton on acoustic guitar, and hit record.
“It was all very organic,” Hamilton recalls. “We hit save, she left, and we didn’t talk about it.”
LACUNA Feat. Tom Hamilton & Holly Bowling
11/26 – New York, NY – (Le) Poisson Rouge
11/27 – Philadelphia, PA – The Ballroom
12/17 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater
12/18 – Beaver Creek, CO – Vilar Performing Arts Center
12/19 – Denver, CO – Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox (On Sale 9.24)
3/5/22 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel