Daily Archives: December 12, 2012

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4 star Downbeat review…

Rick Holmstrom: Cruel Sunrise (M.C. 0070; 50:53 ****) With his first headlining album since 2007, Rick Holmstrom – also Mavis Staples’ bandleader – constructs an exemplary showcase for his formerly under appreciated charisma. The fetching tones of Holmstrom’s vocals combine with the warm atmospherics of the rhythm section to lure […]

Premier Guitar Mag raves!

Premier Guitar Magazine editor Andy Ellis raves about Cruel Sunrise… http://www.premierguitar.com/Magazine/Issue/2012/Nov/November_2012_Staff_Picks.aspx#ixzz2Erw7Wzgm

Dave Rubin’s Cruel Sunrise…

Rick Holmstrom Cruel Sunrise (M.C. Records) Even when he was the hot new guitar slinger on the scene in the nineties and known by the hip moniker “L.A. Holmes,” Rick Holmstrom had a way different mojo going on. The blues were obviously the bedrock of his musical foundation as displayed […]

4 star Pasadena Weekly review

Thanks to Bliss Bowen for this great review: RICK HOLMSTROM, Cruel Sunrise (M.C.): **** Recorded between tours backing Mavis Staples, LA guitarist Holmstrom’s in-demand trio — Holmstrom, drummer/percussionist Stephen Hodges and bassist/saxophonist/slide guitarist Jeff Turmes — expand beyond the bar-band blues of 2007’s “Late in the Night.” Songs like “It’s […]

Vintage Guitar reviews Cruel Sunrise

Dan Forte reviews Cruel Sunrise in January, 2013 Vintage Guitar Magazine: Rick HolmstromCruel SunriseM.C. Records The late Cub Koda wrote that Rick Holmstrom’s “inventive ideas are top- notch,” comparing him to the great Earl Hooker. That was in reference to Holmstrom’s solo debut, released in ’96, when he was 31. […]