Holmes Brothers to perform Sept. 18

Holmes Brothers.The Holmes Brothers will perform their signature blend of rhythm and blues, gospel harmonies and soulful sounds at SUNY Oswego on Friday, Sept. 18. The Artswego concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

The Holmes Brothers tour in support of their most recent record “State of Grace,” which featured guest performers including Levon Helm, Joan Osborne and Roseanne Cash. The album offers originals as well as eclectic covers of songs by Cheap Trick, Hank Williams, Lyle Lovett, John Fogerty, Nick Lowe and John Fogerty—showing the wide range of the band’s influences and flavors. Critical praise for the record included the Memphis-based Blues Foundation naming it the Soul Blues Album of the Year.

The Alligator Records release marks the 10th album for the group that Entertainment Weekly describes as “juke-joint vets with a brazenly borderless view of American music.” Eric Fidler of the Associated Press describes the trio as “an undiscovered American treasure” where “the music kicks, the singing is a classic mix of gravel and honey, and the material is outstanding.”

The Holmes Brothers consist of Wendell Holmes on guitar, Sherman Holmes on bass and Popsy Dixon on drums. They each contribute different vocal styles to their work: gruff and gravelly from Wendell, a rich baritone from Sherman, a soaring falsetto from Popsy.

They have recorded and toured with the likes of Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Odetta, Phoebe Snow and Willie Nelson. The Holmes Brothers have performed on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The CBS Saturday Early Show” and National Public Radio offerings “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Weekend Edition” and “Mountain Stage.”

The appearance at Oswego also is part of the college’s African, Latino, Asian and Native American Student Leadership Conference. Their tour is funded through the American Masterpieces Program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts “American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius,” a major initiative to acquaint Americans with the best of their cultural and artistic legacy.

Tickets to the Holmes Brothers concert cost $15 ($12 for seniors and children, $7 for SUNY Oswego students) and are available through Tyler box office at 312-2141 or http://tickets.oswego.edu.

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(Posted: Sep 01, 2009)

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