Sherman Holmes Project at In Your Ear Studios

February 16, 2017

In Your Ear, Studio A

1813 E. Broad St. (corner of 19th and E. Broad), Richmond, VA

6:30pm: Doors and Potluck
7:30pm: Music
Tickets: $20 – Buy Now

The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and JAMinc presents the Sherman Holmes Project on Thursday, February 16th at In Your Ear Studios in Richmond.

Sherman Holmes is renowned for his deeply soulful baritone voice and his unique blues-to-jazz-to-funk bass style. As a member of the Holmes Brothers, Sherman released twelve albums and toured the world, performing in all fifty states and more than fifty countries. Sadly, the year 2015 marked the end of an amazing journey for the Holmes Brothers, a group with humble beginnings on Virginia’s Middle Peninsula who performed a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and country for more than fifty years. Sherman and Wendell Holmes were raised by schoolteacher parents who fostered the boys’ early interest in music by playing recordings of traditional Baptist hymns, anthems, and spirituals, as well as blues music by Jimmy Reed, Junior Parker, and B. B. King. Sherman studied composition and music theory at Virginia State University before heading to New York City, where Wendell joined him. In 1979, the duo formed the Holmes Brothers band with Sherman on bass, Wendell on guitar, and Popsy Dixon on drums. With their soulful singing, uplifting harmonies, and unsurpassed musicianship, the Holmes Brothers blended Saturday night roadhouse rock with the gospel fervor and harmonies of a Sunday morning church service.

During their remarkable career, the band played and recorded with the brightest stars of the blues and rock ‘n’ roll scene including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Van Morrison, and in 2014 received the National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor the United States bestows on traditional artists. Sadly, 2015 saw the passing of both Wendell and Popsy, ending the Holmes Brothers’ remarkable run. Despite these devastating losses, Sherman has remained dedicated to carrying on his musical career, collaborating with a range of blues, gospel, and bluegrass artists.

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