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Simple Truths

Holmes BrothersAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 13, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: January 13, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B0000YTOV2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,022 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What's still surprising about this trio is their unquenchable thirst for fresh inspiration, which they find here in songs by Bob Marley, Hank Williams, and Townes Van Zandt among others. And, after 25 years together, guitarist Wendell Holmes, his bassist brother Sherman, and drummer Popsy Dixon still have the unique ability to transform their sources, which explains why Williams's "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" crunches with garage-band raunchiness and Marley's "Concrete Jungle" unfolds as a folk-blues spiritual. But original tunes like the Chuck Berry-style stomper "Run Myself Out of Town" and the gentle ballad "We Meet, We Part, We Remember" prove they needn't look further than their own songwriting for great numbers that play to their long-developed strengths: gentle and soaring three-part harmonies, respect for economical grooves, and virtuosic guitar melodies. It all serves to further their distinctive blend of the roadhouse and God's house. --Ted Drozdowski

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the real deal February 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you want something that's straight from the heart and pure to the artform then you'll love this latest work from the Holmes Bros.
It's somewhat eclectic, giving you blues, old school R&B and a bit of gospel,they even cover two Hank Williams tunes doing a great job on " So lonesome I could cry "
The music is uncluttered and straight foward supporting the soulful vocals perfectly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Singin September 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Simple Truths is a stripped down record rooted in Harlem blues with touches of gospel, country and folk music scattered throughout. Great harmonies punctuate these songs especially on the touching We Meet, We Part, We Remember. They turn If i Needed You into a spiritual experience, the kind where you kick back, close your eyes, and drink a budweiser to. Bob Marley's surely nodding his head in approval in heaven when he listens to their soulful version of Concrete Jungle. Popsy Dixon's singin on Gillian Welch's Everything is Free is sublime. Good stuff.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth getting March 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I had one other Holmes Bros album which was slick & produced to death & had given up on them in spite of hearing that they are amazing live... I picked this one up & it's different! Raw, engaging & full of inspired covers. Some nice guitar, unique singing & harmonizing... highly recommended. Pick it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'nuff sed June 1, 2004
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Saw them at the Strawberry Music Festival and...WOW! Their live performance was excellent, the next morning's gospel "workshop" sublime! The album, while testimony in itself to the quality of this band, only begins to showcase the harmonies, the musicianship, the soul of this trio. Not a skippable song among them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Next best thing to live... April 8, 2004
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You can get this cd if the HBs aren't coming to your town, or to remember how great there were when they DID come, but don't miss them live if you can make it: More great sound comes out of this trio than you could ever believe,(if your eyes were closed).
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