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FAME Review: The Holmes Brothers - Feed My Soul
The Holmes Brothers - Feed My Soul

Feed My Soul

The Holmes Brothers

Alligator Records - ALCD4933

Available from Alligator Records.

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

Sherman and Wendell Holmes and Popsy Dixon have been giving us their soul stirring three part harmonies for years now and this disc shows they have not let up one little bit, they have grown in all ways as artists. Feed My Soul is filled with their signature gumbo of Gospel, Soul, Blues, R & B, Rock and Country infused with those soaring three-part harmonies for which they are known. They grew up in a family that is strong in musical background and the music of the church in Virginia. Eight of the14 songs, just shy of 50 minutes running time, were written or co-written with Wendell and Sherman; and the disc reflects the faith and strength needed to overcome the cancer that had grown in Wendell's body. It is a disc that reflects the times we live in and the humor with which we have to face what is thrown at us. These guys have been around but they have retained their roots and bring them to the forefront for all of us to marvel at, and the spring in their step.

Joan Osborn, who is an old friend and collaborator, produced Feed My Soul and she also does some backing vocals and percussion on the disc. The musicianship here is stellar and major portion of it comes from the three of them. Sherman holds down the bass line and vocals (lead vocal on 3 cuts), Wendell Holmes is guitar and piano and vocals (lead on 9 of the cuts) and Popsy handles the drums and vocals (lead on 3 cuts); the rest of the musicians hold down their end of the bargain and add texture and fill out some of the spaces. Having seen them recently play with just the three of them they are solid and exciting as a trio. Don't let the grey in their hair and beards fool you, they are young in heart and soul and will have you up and dancing as you marvel at their tight harmonies.

Track List:

  • Dark Cloud (Sherman Holmes)
  • Edge Of The Ledge (Wendell Holmes)
  • Feed My Soul (Wendell Holmes)
  • You're The Kind Of Trouble (Paul Kennerley, Adam Wright & Shannon Wright, Bughouse obo Starswing Music & Phoebe Tyler Music/Irving Music obo Littlemarch Music, BMI)
  • Something Is Missing (John Ellison, Ellnet Music, admin. by Songs For Real, BMI)
  • Living Well Is The Best Revenge (Wendell Holmes)
  • I Saw Your Face (Sherman Holmes)
  • I Believe You I Think (Wendell Holmes)
  • Fair Weather Friend (Wendell Holmes)
  • Put My Foot Down (Wendell Holmes)
  • I'll Be Back (Lennon & McCartney, Sony/ATV Tunes, ASCAP)
  • Pledging My Love (Don Robey & Ferdinand Washington, Songs of Universal Inc./Spirit One Music/Wemar Music Corp, BMI)
  • Rounding Third (Wendell Holmes & Paul Kahn)
  • Take Me Away (Paul Kahn)

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2010, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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