Jolie Holland

Jolie Holland

“I don’t like Robert Johnson,” Holland says, “but I’ve got an awesome live recording of [singer-songwriter] Entrance doing “Love In Vain.” His version goes, “When the train left the station, there were two lights on behind/the blue light was the blues and the red light was my mind/is all my love in vain?”

It’s a nice coincidence, then, that when writing notes on her third album, Springtime Can Kill You, Holland was on a train. What she wrote, in fact (her aversion to Johnson aside), is as unvarnished and poetic as that song. As well, it’s... more