|The Sherman Holmes Project|
by Willard Manus
Heres another artist whose acquaintance Ive just made: vocalist/bass-player Sherman Holmes. Once part of a roots-oriented family band, Holmes strikes out on his own on this M.C. Records release, backed up by a slew of top-notch sidemen and singers.
Virginia figures strongly in THE SHERMAN HOLMES PROJECT. Holmes recently returned to his home state after many years in New York; the album was sponsored by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities; and most of Holmes band is comprised of musicians from the Richmond area (where the album was recorded).
Holmes Brothers were always a group that transgressed boundaries,
said Jon Lohman, who not only helped produce the new CD but played harmonica
on it. They werent concerned with genre, they loved it all.
We wanted to honor that on this album. Its not a blues album per
se, or a bluegrass or a folk album. But to me thats an advantage,
and people who loved the Holmes Brothers should really get into it. It
was important to give Sherman his due and jumpstart a new career for him.