Tuesday, January 20, 2004

I came across this on the AP newswire a few days ago... sounds really good, hopefully I'll have a chance to pick it up soon.

The Holmes Brothers, "Simple Truths" (Alligator)

The Holmes Brothers' righteous mix of gospel, blues and soul is as raw and sweet as can be on "Simple Truths." The music kicks, the singing is a classic mix of gravel and honey, and the material is outstanding.

Besides several original songs, "Simple Truths" contains a diverse group of covers, from songs by Collective Soul to Hank Williams, Bob Marley to Gillian Welch. It's a rare band that can take "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Concrete Jungle" and make each its own.

The band reaches its apex here on a gorgeous, shimmering version of "If I Needed You" by the late Townes Van Zandt. And that's much of the magic of The Holmes Brothers — the ability to get at the core of any song from any genre and yet render it original.

The Holmes Brothers are an undiscovered American treasure, a band that has produced jaw-dropping music for more than two decades yet remained on the edge of obscurity.

- Eric Fidler, AP Writer

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