"Brotherhood" release, April 2014 : Press sheet
Feed My Soul
Glorious, rootsy R&B, gospel, blues and country. Full of soul and surprises.
The Holmes Brothers deliver magnificent old time, gospel-style R&B, and raw electric blues with unparalleled artistry and authenticity. Sherman’s bottomless baritone, Wendell’s classic soul singer’s wail and Popsy’s otherworldly falsetto do more than complement one another; on stage or in the recording studio, the three become like a mystical fourth entity, inexplicable yet sublime, a gift to the world of music.
A breathtaking and heartfelt journey through gospel-drenched soul, blues, funk and country.
Timeless, deeply soulful and uplifting gospel-drenched blues, street corner doo-wop, ballads, R&B, country and funk.
The Holmes Brothers great new album - Feed My Soul (Alligator), produced by Joan Osborne, was recently profiled on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday...listen here.
and reviewed at Paste.com
"Utterly uncategorizable except for the honesty and the heart, it’s best to simply call Feed My Soul great."
The Holmes Brothers—Feed My Soul
The Holmes Brothers - Wendell and Sherman, and honorary brother Popsy Dixon - have been serving up a gumbo of gospel, blues, country, funk, reggae, roots rock, and soul for more than thirty years. 2007’s State of Grace brought them an expanded audience, and new album Feed My Soul is likely to build upon previous triumphs. The NPR-ready guest list featuring Joan Osborne, Catherine Russell, and members of Ollabelle can’t hurt. But the reason to listen, as always, is the superb singing from the brothers, real and honorary, ranging from Wendell’s superb falsetto pleading on the title track to Popsy’s soaring lead vocals on the unadulterated gospel of “Take Me Away” to Sherman’s soulful melismas on the tender ballad “I Saw Your Face.” As always, the brothers mix fine originals with an exquisite choice in covers - this time The Beatles’ chiming “I’ll Be Back” and the swooning doo-wop of Johnny Ace’s “Pledging My Love.” The originals, highlighted by Wendell’s agonized “Fair Weather Friend,” which recounts his recent battle with cancer, are raucous, joyful, sorrowful, lusty, and reverent. They cover the gamut of real life, and they do so with honesty, pathos, and humor. Utterly uncategorizable except for the honesty and the heart, it’s best to simply call Feed My Soul great.
by Andy Whitman / Paste.com (blog)
State of Grace
Here is the review of the new album "State of Grace" that appeared in the New York Times
Raves for The Holmes Brothers "Simple Truths"
"...juke-joint vets with razenly borderless view of American music…with a purity of heart and rapturous harmonizing, these brothers are righteous indeed. A- "
- Entertainment Weekly
"...the most eclectic mix of songs you'll hear on any blues album this year, with masterful interpretations of Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You" and Bob Marley's "Concrete Jungle", along with a handful of original tunes that stack up well against them."
- USA Today
"The music kicks, the singing is a classic mix of gravel and honey, and the material is outstanding. The Holmes Brothers are an undiscovered American treasure..."
- Associated Press, Eric Fidler
"revelatory in scope...this is the first great record of 2004"
- All Music Guide, Thom Jurek
"...one of America's last great bands."
- Living Blues, Tim Schuller
"...with the release of Simple Truths, they prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that they’re the best interpretive vocal group working today."
"...Harlem grown soul with revival-tent ardor, finding God and grit in unlikely cover... Added value: Simple Truths was produced by Craig Street, who knows a lot about making the blues tradition sound like breaking news."
- Rolling Stone, David Fricke
" Richly soulful and as daring as ever, The Holmes Brothers remain a musical force unto themselves."
- Billboard, Chris Morris
"This is a timeless album, and that’s the simple truth."
- New York Post, Dan Aquilante