Sherman Holmes on NPR’s Mountain Stage

Sherman Holmes onstage at The Rex Theater in Galax. (Pat Jarrett/Virginia Folklife Program)

Sherman Holmes kicks off this weekend’s Mountain Stage with selections from his first solo album in his fifty-year music career, The Richmond Sessions. Sherman, a Christchurch, Virginia-native, played bass in The Holmes Brothers, touring the globe with his brother Wendell and lifelong friend Popsy Dixon until their passings in 2015. The new album reflects Holmes’ musical inspirations, from country and blues to rock and traditional gospel songs featuring Richmond’s “first family of gospel” the Ingramettes; multi-time IBMA banjoist of the year Sammy Shelor and Grammy-nominated dobro player Rob Ickes among others.

Steve Earle and the Dukes follow The Sherman Holmes Project on the September 22 airing, along with other performers. More information on Sherman Holmes can be found here and information on this episode of Mountain Stage can be found here. This show will air on Friday, September 22 at 10 p.m. on WHRV, WHRE, WHRL, WHRG and WHRX; Saturday, September 23 at 2 p.m. on WVRU and 5 p.m. on WAMU; and on Sunday, September 24 at 8 p.m. on WMRA, WMRY, WMLU and WMRL.