Cry of Love (band)

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Cry of Love
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Background information
OriginNorth Carolina
GenresHard rock, Southern rock
Years active1989–1997
LabelsColumbia Records
Associated actsThe Black Crowes, Lynch Mob, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Warrant
Past membersAudley Freed
Robert Kearns
Jason Patterson
Pee Wee Watson
Kelly Holland
Robert Mason

Cry Of Love was an American rock band, formed in 1989 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The group released their debut album in 1993 (Brother), produced by John Custer before hitting the road for the next 17 months. After completing their '93-'94 touring cycle frontman Kelly Holland quit the band, saying he could no longer handle the rigors of the road. They scored a number-one hit on Billboard's Mainstream Rock chart with "Peace Pipe" in 1993.

Ex-Lynch Mob and current Warrant singer Robert Mason was recruited as Holland's replacement in 1996. Together they released a new album in 1997 (Diamonds & Debris), but the band split shortly afterwards.

Former band member Audley Freed was recruited to the Black Crowes in 1998, and he played with the band until October 2001. He also played on Crowes' lead singer Chris Robinson's second solo album in 2004, and on the subsequent tour.

Bassist Robert Kearns later played with Lynyrd Skynyrd, after the death of Ean Evans, until early 2012. Freed and Kearns formed a band named Big Hat that also includes Keith Gattis - vocals/guitar; Peter Stroud - guitars; Fred Eltringham - drums; Ike Stubblefield - keyboards. These days, Freed and Kearns, along with Freed's multi-talented wife, Jen, and Stroud, are part of Sheryl Crow's touring band.

Former singer Kelly Holland died on February 24, 2014 of health complications in Raleigh, NC. He was 52.[1]

The band's debut, Brother, was re-issued by French indie label Bad Reputation in 2016 and includes an additional 5 songs, previously released on various singles, as bonus tracks.


  • Audley Freed - guitar (1989–1997)
  • Robert Kearns - bass, vocals (1989–1997)
  • Jason Patterson - drums (1989–1997)
  • Pee Wee Watson - vocals, guitar (1989–1990)
  • Kelly Holland - vocals, guitar (1991–1994; died 2014)
  • Robert Mason - vocals, guitar (1996–1997)


Studio albums[edit]

  • Brother (May 1993)
  1. "Highway Jones" (A. Freed, K. Holland) 5:12
  2. "Pretty As You Please" (A. Freed) 3:47
  3. "Bad Thing" (K. Holland, A. Freed, J. Custer) 3:07
  4. "Too Cold in the Winter" (K. Holland, A. Freed) 3:54
  5. "Hand Me Down" (A. Freed) 5:01
  6. "Gotta Love Me" (A. Freed, K. Holland, J. Custer) 3:25
  7. "Carnival" (A. Freed) 5:10
  8. "Drive It Home" (A. Freed, K. Holland, J. Custer) 4:06
  9. "Peace Pipe" (A. Freed, K. Holland) 3:58
  10. "Saving Grace" (A. Freed) 6:23

2016 Bad Reputation re-issue bonus tracks:

  1. "Shade Tree" (A. Freed, J. Custer, K. Holland) 3:45
  2. "Deathbed" (J. Custer) 1:30
  3. "Peace Pipe" (live) (A. Freed, K. Holland) 5:01
  4. "I Ain't Superstitious" (live) (W. Dixon) 5:00
  5. "Bad Thing" (live) (A. Freed, J. Custer, K. Holland) 7:10

  • Diamonds & Debris (August 1997)
  1. "Empty Castle" 4:29
  2. "Hung Out to Dry" 4:46
  3. "Sugarcane" 3:26
  4. "Fire in the Dry Grass" 5:24
  5. "Georgia Pine" 4:28
  6. "Warm River Pearl" (Mike Wilson) 4:27
  7. "Sweet Mary's Gone" 4:26
  8. "Revelation (Rattlesnakes & Queens)" 3:17
  9. "Bring Me My Burden" 5:23
  10. "Sunday Morning Flood" 7:08
  11. "Diamonds & Debris" 3:58
  12. "Hung Out Redux" 1:19
  13. "Garden of Memories" (Mike Wilson) 4:07


  • "Bad Thing" (1993) U.S. Mainstream Rock #2;[2] UK #60[3]
  • "Peace Pipe" (1993) U.S. Mainstream Rock #1
  • "Too Cold in the Winter" (1994) U.S. Mainstream Rock #13
  • "Sugarcane" (1997) U.S. Mainstream Rock #22


  1. ^ Corbie Hill (19 March 2014). "Cry of Love vocalist Kelly Holland died depressed, but not alone". Indy Week. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  2. ^ Billboard, Allmusic. passim
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 129. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.