We had a ball with Mavis on Leno and can happily report no major mishaps or injuries! We played the song "Eyes On The Prize" from her brand new CD on Anti Records called "We'll Never Turn Back". If you missed it you can check it out on www.youtube.com.
Look for the release of Rick's new CD titled Late In The Night on M.C. Records April 24th. It's a stripped down, raw, organic record featuring Rick's current touring band (Stephen Hodges & Jeff Turmes). You can hear snippets and pre-order the CD here now. Look for the band in your town this summer, both as the Rick Holmstrom Band as well as with the legendary Mavis Staples.
On February 7, 2007 Richard Innes, Larry Taylor, Rob Rio & I recorded a couple of new tracks with Jody Williams for an upcoming Delta Groove Records release. I'm writing this to let everyone know that Jody Williams is still great! Jody played and sang his tail off.
Watch the 2007 NAACP Awards and lookout for Rick Holmstrom backing Mavis Staples & the Freedom Singers. Friday March 2 (live telecast on Fox) Mavis will be performing a new song from her incredible soon to be released CD on Anti. Don't miss it!
Rick will be heading back to Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark for 3 weeks from late March thru mid April. Shows will include the Lillehammer Blues Festival in Norway plus a week of shows with the great Jussi Raumalo (Groovy Eyes, Jo' Buddy & Down Home III) opening in Finland. Stay tuned for the full list of dates in the Tour Dates section.