The Holmes Brothers

The rich roots repository at the heart of the Holmes Brothers stretches from gospel to country with deep veins of soul, blues, and R&B. Since the late '60s, the trio of Wendell and Sherman Holmes and Popsy Dixon, with their glorious three-part harmonies, have etched emotionally charged, timeless music. Their latest, Brotherhood, is another joyful collection of originals and smart covers. Wendell's rollicking "Stayed at the Party" kicks things off with revival piano and churchy vocals recounting the sins of the night before. Sherman's "Passing Through" is muscular blues driven by blustery horns and wiry electric guitar. On a smoking roadhouse version of Ike Turner's "You've Got to Lose," Dixon's falsetto duels with John Ellis's dirty tenor sax and Catherine Russell's hectoring vocals. The Stax nugget "My Kind of Girl" is pure Memphis doo-wop, and the bros wrap it up perfectly with a languid, otherworldly "Amazing Grace." (Photo by Stefan Falke)
Wed., Aug. 13, 7 p.m., 2014

 
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