As the vocalist and lyricist of Kentucky Knife Fight, Jason Holler enjoyed both critical and popular acclaim. Even if the band never quite hit it big nationally, its following in St. Louis and the greater Midwest was passionate -- and its distinctive blend of alternative rock, blues, Americana and garage-punk won it the RFT Music Award for best rock band for four years running.
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|Rowan Holler with her parents, Kate and Jason.|
But just a few months after notching its fourth consecutive award last summer, the band announced it was breaking up, and Holler moved to Austin. Not to hit it big, but be closer to his wife's family for the birth of the couple's first child.
"The baby wasn't the only factor in Knife Fight calling it quits, but it did force me to make a decision," he says. "I was running on empty near the end and was no longer feeling fulfilled in the band."
On March 25, Rowan Splendoria Holler was born -- a beautiful baby with chubby cheeks and her father's intense eyes. But within just a few days, it became clear something was wrong.More »