Lonnie Holley, 'Kilimanjaro Eyes' Watch the singer perform "Kilimanjaro Eyes" on the Woods Stage at the 2014 Pickathon festival.

opbmusic Presents: Lonnie Holley

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Lonnie Holley was born in Birmingham, Ala., into a family of 27 children. He began his creative life as a visual artist, working with found objects and carved sandstone. His art has been shown in the Smithsonian and the American Folk Art Museum, among others. After working as a sculptor and painter for more than 30 years, Holley turned to music, releasing a pair of albums in 2012 and 2013. This free-ranging incantation (with drummer Steven Nistor and trumpeter Kelly Pratt) was part of his opening set on the Woods Stage at the 2014 Pickathon Festival.

Each month through the start of the 2015 Pickathon festival, opbmusic and NPR Music will premiere another video recorded at the Woods Stage at Pickathon, hand-picked by opbmusic to showcase some of the most exciting performances from last summer's lineup. The next premiere takes place on July 21.


  • "Kilimanjaro Eyes"