Original music to satisfy the soul from the great state of West Virginia
Holy Cow! was conceived in 2000 when singer/songwriter Mike Arcuri met up with veteran guitarist Keith Lahti in Charleston, WV. They found their musical styles complimentary, and started playing together, developing a repertoire of original songs. Mike and Keith performed extensively for several years as a duo, at everything from coffee houses to nightclubs to theaters to festivals. Bassist Pam Corey joined Holy Cow! in 2008, percussionist Mike Gioulis joined in 2011. Holy Cow! performs as a duo, trio, or full band depending on the needs of the venue. We are proud members of the West Virginia Blues Society, the Charleston Blues Society and Musician’s Union AFM Local 136. The group is also juried at Tamarack “The Best of West Virginia”, Beckley, WV.
Holy Cow! has an album, “Driftin’ ”, released in 2006, and a self-titled EP released in 2012.
Mike Arcuri, vocals, rhythm guitar, songwriter
Mike, a native of Charleston, WV, has performed as a singer/songwriter since his college days at Marshall U. His early influences were John Denver, John Prine, Jimmy Buffet, and Jim Croce. Mike’s initial success in music was as a solo parody artist, with parody songs featured on local and nationally syndicated radio programs. Mike is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), and coordinates a local NSAI chapter. Mike successfully auditioned at the legendary Bluebird Café in Nashville and performs there regularly on the Sunday Writer’s Nights.
Keith Lahti, electric lead & slide guitar
Keith is a native of Detroit, whose mother was a career flutist playing sessions for early Motown recordings. Heavily influenced by the blues, Keith got his first guitar in 1966. He migrated to West Virginia in the early 1970s, and was a member of the band Big Money, touring and recording with the band from the mid 70s through the late 1980s. He has also played with a number of other groups and songwriters, before co-founding Holy Cow! Keith uses a unique hybrid of fingering, slide guitar, and sound processing to enhance Holy Cow’s music in sometimes unexpected ways.
Pam Corey, bass guitar
Pam has loved music all her life. She was so moved by her passion for music that she was compelled in mid life to become a participant. Her instincts led her to pick up the bass guitar, where she quickly found a home, feeling the inherent “groove” of the instrument. With Holy Cow!, Pam’ s energy and joyful thumping add another dimension to the arrangements, providing a natural “bottom” for the songs.
Mike Gioulis, percussion
Mike was raised in NYC and started drums as a child. His earliest influences were Turkish and Greek music in his home, and a love of blues and rock. Mike played with a number of rock bands around NYC, then moved to WV in the 1970s. He has played, toured, and recorded with Dhruva and Déjà Vu, Elaine Wine and the Home Band, Bo McMillion and others. Mike has mastered a wide variety of percussion instruments including his vintage trap set, bells, chimes, and the gamut of Latin percussion.
Cool Gigs Holy Cow! played
Charleston Sternwheel Regatta • Woody Hawley Concert Series at Clay Center Charleston • Festivall Charleston • Live on the Levee, Charleston, WV • Jammin’ on the River, Charleston, WV • Festival of the Rivers, Hinton, WV • Golden Delicious Festival, Clay, WV • Tamarack Theater Concert Series, Beckley, WV • Alban Theater, St. Albans, WV • 1st Friday Series, Charleston Blues Society • Featured artist, “ Music from the Mountains” NPR radio show • Charlie West Blues Fest • Landmark Center for the Arts, Sutton, WV • Holy Cow! has also played many popular establishments in the Charleston, WV area, including: The Empty Glass, Taylor Books, Capitol Roasters, Bruno’s and the Lighthouse Café.