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The Holmes Brothers were an American musical trio originally from Christchurch, Virginia.
Mixing sounds from blues, soul, gospel, country, and rhythm & blues, they have released twelve studio albums, with three reaching the top 5 on the Billboard Blues Albums chart. They have gained a following by playing regularly at summer folk, blues, gospel, and jazz festivals. They have recorded with Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Odetta, Phoebe Snow, Willie Nelson, Freddie Roulette, Rosanne Cash, Levon Helm and Joan Osborne, and have gigged all over the world—including performing for President Bill Clinton. They won the Blues Music Award from the Memphis-based Blues Foundation for Band of the Year in 2005 and for the Soul Blues Album of the Year in 2008. USA Today calls The Holmes Brothers’ music “Rootsy R&B, gospel and country. They are glorious, full of soul and surprises.” The New Yorker says, “The Holmes Brothers are capable of awesome achievements.” National Public Radio adds, “Their voices are rough enough for a juke joint and smooth enough for church.”

Sherman and Wendell Holmes were born and raised in Christchurch, Virginia. Their schoolteacher parents fostered the boys’ early interest in music as they listened to traditional Baptist hymns, anthems and spirituals as well as blues music by Jimmy Reed, Junior Parker and B.B. King.


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  • KeithJones

    RIP Wendell Holmes

    22 Jun 3:56pm Reply
  • Phix_9

    god i love it when i stumble upon some great but relatively unknown artists.

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • simulare

    The Holmes Brothers are performing live at TEDxAtlanta today at 3pm EDT. It'll be live streamed from here: Check it out!

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Pfrostie

    got to hear ya' the other day on NPR. loved the music.

    8 May 2010 Reply
  • ELKooldeRoy

    This is my favorite group. I first saw them at the Bayou Restaurant in Mt. Vernon N.Y. I‘ve been a fan ever since. They play what can truly be defined as First Class American Roots Music.

    5 Jun 2009 Reply
  • jbembe

    this is a really cool group, great sound and perfect combination of blues and americana

    13 Aug 2008 Reply
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  • lykojo

    hey, those guys rock! although they play blues... xD

    15 Jan 2007 Reply

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