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percussion, and vocals) have been playing music together - music they believe in, music that reflects their faith - for almost forty years. It shows. It shows in their ineffable power, their ease and unselfconsciousness, and what appeared to be a simple, pure love of playing music for people.

Rooted in gospel, but equally at home playing country, blues, R&B, and funk, the Holmes Brothers kept their audience wondering what they'd pull out for their first song. How cool to hear them dive into Collective Soul's Shine. Dolly Parton did a bluegrass version of it a few years ago, and it's just an undeniably interesting song; the Brothers made it their own.

Wendell and Sherman Holmes grew up in Virginia, singing and playing in their cousin's juke joint on Saturday nights and then in church on Sunday. In 1959 Sherman moved to New York, and Wendell followed soon after. In 1968 the brothers met Dixon, and a band was formed. They've played together ever since, all over the world.

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