Jeff “Horti” Hortillosa embodies an intriguing study in contrasts. A trailblazing visionary product of immigrant parents, Horti is making dents in the Americana scene. He is an academically-accredited intellectual who enjoys playful irreverence in his music. Best known for playing a wild strain of bluegrass with the Austin-based, award-winning band Whiskey Shivers, his solo releases are decidedly non-bluegrass centric.
Hortillosa’s upcoming release from his Americana project, The Horticulture Vol. 1, a 4-song EP is an adventurous trio offering, that traverses bizarre Zappa-esque musicality, pop-rock hooks, fleet-fingered guitar solo work, bizarre jazz chordal passages, 60s rock, and bluegrass. The Horticulture Vol. 1 is due out May 8th, 2020, though you can see an exclusive look below.
Jeff’s solo music is best described by his self-coined “Horticulture” sensibility, which is “cultivated from bizarre jazz chords, passages of pastoral folk, raunchy roots-rock, buck-toothed Southern funk, and even strains of World music.” His lyric writing brims with barbed wit, poetic flair, intriguing character development, an impressionistic narrative touch, and clever storytelling.
Thematically, the album explores the current political climate of police brutality, mass shootings, pipelines, environmental concerns, and global dissonance. The Horticulture Vol. 1 will be paired with a 25-minute short film, Jesus Christ for which Jeff directed, acted, handled props, scored music, and pitched in with editing.