Born in Kansas and raised in South Dakota, Roy Holdren has been playing music all his life and has been a part of the Minnesota music scene since the early 80’s – playing in bands such as Sweetwater, Live Wire, Massey Ferguson, the Alfalpha Males and now Buffaloaf. He is the co-coordinator for the Twin Cities workshop of the Nashville Songwriters Association International and makes regular trips to Nashville to write with songwriters there and to pitch his songs to major artists.
As a songwriter, Roy has been a finalist in the CMT/NSAI and the John Lennon songwriting contests and has more than a dozen independent artist cuts. His parodies If You’re Gonna Play in Fargo (You’ve Gotta Have a Shovel in the Van) and Uff Da Minnesota! can be heard on many midwest radio stations when the snow flies.
As a producer Roy has credits on several productions including Luc Doppler's self titled CD. That release also includes two songs co-written by Roy, "Sad Song Singer" and "Next to Nothing Town". He produced and played all instruments on Connie Lee's "The Stich Family Country Gospel".