Update: Pelham’s Banholzer, returning to musical roots of youth, records songs, releases album

Update since the Examiner’s interview: Banholzer’s album is now out and available at the online stores below.

Spotify Artist Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3MfrwQnNKKXxNIBDEDNasq?si=qyqUlBRZRPedaloRM-N1zQ

iTunes Artist Link: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/warren-banholzer/1514861260

Amazon Music Artist Link: https://music.amazon.com/artists/B089G7MJ3X?ref=dm_sh_10ac-789f-dmcp-8732-bf293&musicTerritory=US&marketplaceId=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Pelhamite Warren Banholzer has loved music since he was a teenager and was in a band in college but didn’t pursue a career as a musician. Instead, he became a communications major when he realized how much he enjoyed working with the technology of radio.

He said he “was always the guy running the sound board.” He interned at an ad agency, where he helped produce radio commercials. He fell in love with the craft, and making commercials became a large part of his career.

Now, Banholzer is returning to his roots as a musician. He recently began releasing songs on Spotify, iTunes and other platforms, including the foot-tapping roots rocker “My Mistake” and the aching Americana darkness of “Straw Town.”  Even before going into the studio, he’s been playing in places around the area: the Picture House, Cantina Lobos and at events such as the Wolf’s Walk.

“‘Straw Town’ tells the story of a brother doing whatever is needed to protect his sister when wronged by a man because she had a female friend,” Banholzer said. His upcoming single is “When Grandma Died” to be released Friday. The song “talks about the highs and lows of life and suggests it’s these opposed feelings and events (that) are what keep us together, whole and balanced,” he said.

“Warren Banholzer writes and performs a unique brand of roots rock and Americana on acoustic guitar which he blends with harmonica, foot percussion and banjo,” according to his Spotify page.

Banholzer has a self-produced album coming out at the end of the summer.

The singer-songwriter gets his inspiration from both his imagination and real life experiences. Usually when writing a song, he figures out a melody, then builds upon it from there, working out the lyrics and the tone. His favorite part of songwriting is coming up with the lyrics. Banholzer plays all of the instruments on his songs. He hoped to have cuts with guest musicians, but due to Covid-19, he was unable to do that.

To people who want to begin creating music, he said “just do it.” He believes anyone can make music.

Spotify: Warren Banholzer