DECATUR — After only four years of performing together throughout the Midwest, the Springfield-based folk trio Deep Hollow has become well-known in the genre.
The group will bring its music to Decatur during the second show of the Rock Springs Summer Concert Series on Sunday, June 25. The free outdoor concerts were created to expand the conservation center’s music program, with audience members encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for the hourlong shows.
Deep Hollow was invited as part of the series because of their reputation with folk audiences.
In 2014, the group won the American Songwriter 30th Anniversary Song Contest grand prize with their song “Devil.” The folk group entered the Americana/Roots category.
Elizabeth Eckert and Micah Walk began the group as a songwriting experiment.
“We had about four songs that were pretty good,” Walk said.
When they performed live, the duo played other groups’ music along with their own. They soon found they were missing something. Dave Littrell was asked to join the group, because of his songwriting abilities.
“It was an instant hit,” Walk said. “We didn’t want to go back to a duo.”
The musical collaboration was not only pleasing to their audience, the group also liked want they had created. They now play only original music during their shows.
“We liked the three-part harmony,” Walk said. “We didn’t know we were missing it.”
Although the trio has found a niche with acoustic folk music, they had to weed out other styles they didn’t feel fit their sound.
Walk said he always leaned toward folk singer/songwriters, but it wasn’t easy to find this style of music. He instead listened to popular rock bands from the 1990s.
“I listened to Nirvana and Soundgarden,” he said. “But my favorites were the acoustic tracks.”
Walk and Littrell formed country bands, but thought they needed to be more rock ‘n’ roll.
“I wasn’t really in to it,” Walk said. “When you are young, I thought you had to rock a little bit.”
For Deep Hollow shows, the trio relies on their songs to entertain the audiences with little or no stage production.
“My favorite gigs are acoustic where the songs are the showcase,” Walk said.