Simple Truths

Simple Truths

by The Holmes BrothersThe Holmes Brothers


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The Holmes Brothers have survived through decades of trends, movements, and fads in the popular music business, even though they have never had a hit. The reason for their longstanding career is reflected partially in the title of their CD, Simple Truths. Wendell Holmes’s humorous original, “Run Myself Out of Town,” is a laid-back rocker, as is the Jimmy Reed hit “Big Boss Man.” Due to their affection for the country music they grew up with, the brothers chose Hank Williams’s “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” which weeps fuzz-toned tears and a searing guitar solo. The Holmeses never leave their gospel-tinged soul far behind, and it often infuses their covers. The acoustic version of the Townes Van Zandt heartbreaker “If I Needed You” comes right out of church, and Gillian Welch’s “Everything Is Free” (one of the best songs ever written about artistic commitment) is in the gospel-folk style. Willie Nelson’s song of obsessive love, “Opportunity to Cry,” is also from the sanctuary. Closer to the looseness of the Holmes Brothers’ former releases is Bruce Channel’s classic “Hey Baby” and Bob Marley’s “Concrete Jungle,” a brilliant selection for singers who have been pounding the streets of New York City for much of their lives. Simple Truths tells their story with no bitterness but hard and sweet looks at its highs and lows. And it takes a lifetime of music to pull off such truths.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2004
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551489320
catalogNumber: 4893
Rank: 109731

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Holmes Brothers   Primary Artist
Chris Bruce   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Soloist
Popsy Dixon   Drums,Vocals
Sherman Holmes   Bass,Vocals
Wendell Holmes   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Greg Leisz   Acoustic Guitar,national steel guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
David Piltch   Upright Bass
Patrick Warren   Pump Organ

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Composer
Bob Marley   Composer
J.J. Cale   Composer
Bruce Channel   Composer
Robert C. Smith   Composer
Jerry Allison   Composer
Joe Allison   Composer
Ed Roland   Composer
Craig Street   Producer
Townes Van Zandt   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Paul Kahn   Executive Producer
Gillian Welch   Composer
Luther Dixon   Composer
David Rawlings   Composer
S. "Husky" Hoskulds   Engineer
Audrey Allison   Composer
Margaret Cobb   Composer
S. Holmes   Composer
Jason Mott   Engineer
Josh Stoltzfus   Logistics

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