Jackson Holte & the Highway Patrol is a 4-piece rock and roll band from Missoula, MT, formed by several of the town’s greasiest bar-band veterans in 2017. Jackson Holte fronts the band with his own blend of earthy narrative songwriting and soaring blues guitar playing, and in the Highway Patrol – Marko “The Midnight Shadow” Capoferri on bass, Tyson Gerhardt on guitar, and Brian Tremper on drums – he’s found three co-conspirators who share his love of roots music.
Together their sound is what ISSUES magazine called “a lo-fi, indy rock version of the great Americana music of the 1970s,” and if the band’s music seems retrospective, it may be only because Holte once picked up a copy of For the Sake of the Song and learned from Mickey Newbury’s liner notes that “a writer’s tools are truths, and truth doesn’t change all that much.” With a firm grounding in America’s folk traditions, the band is able to bound across genres in a colorful and authentic style.
The band released their eponymous debut EP in September, and have since shared stages with Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs, The Hasslers, Quaker City Night Hawks, Hellbound Glory, Lost Dog Street Band, and Ward Davis. 2019 finds the band gigging heavily around the Northern Rockies.