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Sherman Holmes Project: The Richmond Sessions

The first solo recording in his more than fifty-year career, Sherman Holmes’ The Richmond Sessions carries on the spirit of the revered Holmes Brothers by reimagining songs and making them …

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Catch the NPR World Cafe Rebroadcast of Sherman Holmes

Last summer Sherman Holmes was interviewed by Talia Schlanger on WXPN’s World Cafe about his first-ever solo album, The Richmond Sessions.  And if you missed the original broadcast you’ll have another chance to hear a one-of-a-kind interview.

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Sherman Holmes on NPR’s Mountain Stage

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. Steve Earle and the Dukes and others share the stage with Sherman.

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Sherman Holmes’ solo debut album, The Richmond Sessions, drops July 21

Special guests include Sammy Shelor, Rob Ickes, the Legendary Ingramettes, Joan Osborne, and more Now available from these retailers: On July 21, musician Sherman Holmes will release his first solo …

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Apprenticeship Spotlight: Sherman Holmes and Whitney Nelson

By Jon Lohman, Virginia State Folklorist One of my fondest memories of the 2014 Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase was the sight of members of participating master artists the Holmes Brothers sitting …

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Virginia Folklife Program partners with Google Cultural Institute to bring one-of-a-kind eastern Virginia gospel recordings online

More than 180 digital assets from the ​Virginia Folklife Program can be viewed online thanks to a new partnership with the Google Cultural Institute. By partnering with cultural institutions worldwide, …

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Sherman Holmes and Whitney Nelson

The Holmes brothers, of Virginia’s Middle Peninsula, have been performing a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, rhythm and blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and country for fifty years. …

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Nat Reese: Save A Seat for Me

Nathaniel Hawthorne “Nat” Reese was born March 4, 1924 in Salem, Virginia to Thomas Walker Reese and Rosa Sylvester Caroline Wilson Reese. Thomas was originally from Montgomery, Alabama, and Rosa from Bessemer, Alabama. The family had previously lived in Florida and Georgia before coming to Virginia to, as Nat puts it, “get away from the cotton fields.”

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Gaye Adegbalola and Lorie Strother

The blues is a name given to both a musical form and a genre of music that originated in African American communities of the United States toward the end of …

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Remembering Nat Reese: A Man and Half

It is with heavy hearts that we relay the news of the passing of blues man Nathanial “Nat” Reese of Princeton, West Virginia. He was 88. Our sadness is only …

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John Cephas and Marc Pessar

While perhaps not as well known as the Mississippi Delta style, Virginia has long been home to its own style of blues—the Piedmont Blues. And, just as it is in …