With their 2001 release, Speaking In Tongues, The Holmes Brothers took a huge step up in press coverage, radio airplay and, most importantly, sales. Simple Truths is their new studio release produced by Grammy Award-winner Craig Street (Norah Jones, Chris Whitley, Kd Lang). The album is an adventurous, soulful journey through American roots music - blues, R&B and country. From raucous roadhouse rockers to heartbreaking ballads, the tracks include four great new Holmes Brothers compositions as well as stirring, entirely original interpretations of songs associated with Jimmy Reed, Jim Reeves, Collective Soul, Gillian Welch, Hank Williams, Bruce Channel, Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson and Bob Marley. Despite the wide stylistic range of the material the release has an intimate, true-to-life sound thanks to producer Street and engineer (and fellow Grammy Award-winner) S. Husky Hoskulds (Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits, Solomon Burke).
(2003 'Alligator') (51:07/13) Auf ihre unnachahmliche Weise formen die Holmes Bros. aus Songs von Hank Williams, Bob Marley, Bruce Channel und vielen anderen ein homogenes Album, bei dem mich auch der schlichte Sound begeistert. Für mich das beste Holmes-Album seit langem und eine der spannendsten neuen Produktionen der letzten Zeit. Äußerst empfehlenswert / An incredible mix of tunes from extremely diverse sources: country, reggae, pop, and blues. I can't imagine anybody else but the Holmes Brothers to make these tunes sound like their own ones. Unique. I like the rather simple, very 'real' and direct sounding production. One of their best albums, and one of the finest releases in recent times. Highly recommended. WENDELL HOLMES - voc/gtr, SHERMAN HOLMES - bass/voc, POPSY DIXON - drums/voc.