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Holmes Brothers change

WOW Hall into juke joint

Entertainment Weekly's Craig Havighurst called the Holmes Brothers Band "juke-joint vets with a brazenly borderless view of American music."

A Billboard review of the band's album "Simple Truths" said, "It's difficult to imagine another act that could try on tunes associated with Jimmy Reed, Bob Marley, Gillian Welch, Jim Reeves, Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson and Bruce Channel and succeed credibly on every attempt. Four estimable originals complement the covers."

Brothers Sherman (bass) and Wendell Holmes (guitar) and Poppy Dixon have played together in one group or another since the early 1960s. They formed the

Holmes Brothers Band in 1979.

Starting in 1989, they've made four albums for Rounder Records and one (`Jubilation') for Peter Gabriel's Real World label. They made their Alligator Records debut in 2001 with "Speaking in Tongues," with Joan Osborne producing and singing backup vocals.

Last year, they backed Osborne, Odetta, Victoria Williams and Phoebe Snow on "Shout, Sister, Shout," a tribute album to Delta blues great Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

The Holmes Brothers are in town Tuesday for an 8 p.m. show at the WOW Hall, 291 W. Eighth Ave.

Tickets are $16 in advance, $19 at the door.

Albany park will sway with sounds of summer

Albany's River Rhythms concert series gets started Thursday with "Zydeco Sweetheart" Rosie Ledet.

That concert will be followed by the Trail Band (Americana) on July 8, the Iguanas (R&B, Caribbean and Latin) on July 15, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown (blues) on July 29, Kekele (Congolese rumba) on Aug. 5 and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (swing) on Aug. 12.

The free concerts are at 7 p.m. Thursdays in Monteith Riverpark, located on the Willamette immediately south of downtown Albany.

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