NPR’s World Cafe to feature Sherman Holmes Project

On Monday, August 7 NPR’s World Cafe will feature the Sherman Holmes Project. From WXPN studios in Philadelphia, host Talia Schlanger interviewed Sherman Holmes on June 21 at In Your Ear studio in Richmond, Virginia, where Sherman, performed with Almeta Ingram-Miller, Cora Harvey Armstrong, Jared Pool, and Jon Lohman.

The World Cafe segment includes scorching performances by Sherman and his band, as well as a lively discussion of Sherman’s childhood, the musical legacy of the Holmes Brothers, and his new album, The Richmond Sessions, his first solo recording in his more than fifty-year career. The album is produced by the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and released by MC Records.

TUNE IN: World Cafe can be heard on more than 200 stations nationwide. Fans can tune in to their local station at the scheduled World Cafe broadcast time by checking local listings. To listen live online, fans can hear the WXPN Philadelphia stream on Monday, August 7 at 2pm ET at by choosing WXPN from the ‘Listen Live’ drop-down at the top of the page. The segment will be archived for on-demand streaming at at approximately 5pm ET on Monday, August 7.

When Sherman sings “I want Jesus to Walk with Me” as if it was his last song for eternity, while Rob Ickes’ dobro lets out wailing, sorrowful glissandos, and the Ingramettes sing the Amen choir, it’s a magnificently moving moment, a soul-stirring song that will bring tears to a Hells Angel.

–Frank Matheis, Living Blues Magazine

Ben Harper’s “Homeless Child” manages to sound like a back catalog Holmes Brothers treasure while incorporating the newly minted bluegrassy feel as well. Ickes’ dobro slides greasily over and Shelor’s banjo skitters around the relentless funk as Lohman’s harp sneaks in and out, wailing mournfully, the Ingramettes scalding the paint off the mics with gospel fervor on every turn.

–Grant Britt, No Depression

Produced by the Virginia Foundation of the Humanities, The Richmond Sessions genuinely represents a public appreciation for the music and memory of the Holmes Brothers as Sherman continues to perform and record music.

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