The Holmes Brothers with Ada Dyer

The Holmes Brothers – Wendell Holmes (guitarist/pianist/vocalist/songwriter), Sherman Holmes (bassist/ vocalist/songwriter) are true treasures of American roots music. For more than three decades, the Homes Brothers, together with Popsy Dixon, have been captivating audiences around the world. Popsy Dixon passed on January 9th of this year, and the new member of their band, Chicago-born Ada Dyer (see her bio below), will add her own soulful voice to their three-part harmony singing. Expect this band to blend Saturday night's roadhouse rock and blues with the gospel passion of Sunday morning's church service. What Rolling Stone has said of the The Holmes Brothers music holds true today, that it is made of "impressive, fervent country soul." Entertainment Weekly goes farther, declaring "The Holmes Brothers are juke joint vets with a brazenly borderless view of American music...timeless and rapturous."

The band's new Alligator Records album, Brotherhood, was produced by Glenn Patscha (Ollabelle, Marc Cohn), Chris Bruce (Me'Shell Ndegeocello, Seal) and Hector Castillo (Brazilian Girls, David Bowie). It is another stellar chapter in The Holmes Brothers' storied and still-evolving history. It's also their most bluesy album to date, filled with roadhouse wisdom, late-night doo wop, a proto rock 'n' roll punch, soulful R&B and closing with an amazing dose of Sunday morning spirit. Featuring fourteen songs -- including eight new Holmes Brothers originals and six carefully-chosen covers -- Brotherhood finds The Holmes Brothers at the absolute top of their game, creating timeless roots music. The album is full of deeply soulful performances, from the rocking Wendell original "Stayed At The Party" to the sweet harmonies of Ted Hawkins' "I Gave Up All I Had" to Sherman's intense "Passing Through" to the doo wop splendor of Popsy's vocals on the Stax classic "My Kind Of Girl." The band closes Brotherhood with their most requested song – and a highlight of each and every live performance – the soul-stirring "Amazing Grace." Brotherhood is a testament to the uplifting musical power that comes from the close-knit, fraternally telepathic relationship of The Holmes Brothers. The New York Times declares their music "deeply soulful, uplifting and timeless."

The Holmes Brothers have seemingly done it all -- from winning multiple Blues Music Awards to sharing stages and recordings with Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Osborne, Willie Nelson, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Al Green, Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams, and Steve Earle. With Brotherhood, The Holmes Brothers prove yet again they are, as USA Today says, "glorious...full of soul and surprises."

Ada Dyer is a deeply soulful vocalist, proficient and at home with R&B, Gospel, Funk Jams, and Popular Song. The Chicago ­born performer's emotional and sultry style is reminiscent of revered talents like Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin. Dyer began her music career while still in high school. After graduating, she continued to work with local talent playing nightclubs, as well as colleges throughout the city.

In 1981, Dyer relocated from Chicago to New York City, where she embarked upon a
prolific career in theater and jingles. She released two solo albums on Motown Records and also recorded with such artists as Steely Dan, Cher, Sting, Luther Vandross, Amy Grant, Marc Cohn, Roberta Flack, and Michael Bolton. Leading her own band, she has toured internationally, and she has also performed with the likes of Sting, Chaka Khan, Lenny Kravitz, Roberta Flack, J Geils Band, Boz Scaggs, and The Holmes Brothers. Credits include appearing with The Holmes Brothers on Public Radio’s “A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor”.

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