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“You Are Not Alone” Grammy nomination…

Big news…Mavis Staples album “You Are Not Alone” (Anti) nominated for a Grammy! Nominated in the Best Americana Album category, alongside Roseann Cash, Los Lobos, Willie Nelson and Robert Plant, this is Mavis’ (and RHB’s) second straight Grammy nomination (Live: Hope at the Hideout was nominated last year). Right on […]

More Mavis kudos, Europe, RHB shows…

In addition to the Grammy nomination for Mavis Staples’ “You Are Not Alone,” the album (featuring RHB) was also selected on both MOJO Magazine and NPR’s year end best of 2010 Top 50 lists. Yeah! Still recuperating after a two week European tour that hit Lucerne Switzerland, Amsterdam, London, Stockholm […]

Killer NPR review…

NPR’s Bob Bolien wrote a stellar review of the new Mavis Staples CD You Are Not Alone for Here’s a snippet: “…the band is crucial, discerning and supportive. Rick Holmstrom is her soulful guitarist — Staples called him ‘Pops Jr.’ when they performed a Tiny Desk Concert this summer…” […]

New Mavis…go get it!

Mavis Staples’ new disc comes out September 14, 2010. Produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, “You Are Not Alone” and was recorded last winter in Chicago at Wilco’s The Loft studio and features the “smoking hot” (Tweedy quote in L.A. Times) RHB on every track. Here’s a little taste of the […]

Lollapalooza, Wilco’s Solid Sound and more…

Mavis Staples (w/ RHB along for the ride) played Lollapalooza August 6, 2010 in Chicago. Many reviews of the show said Mavis stole the show from headliner Lady Gaga…well, duh! Jeff Tweedy also sat in on a couple of songs with his old Gibson acoustic, which was extra fun as […]

RHB in Alaska June 2010

Rick, Jeff and Hodge will play in Fairbanks, Alaska Friday June 18 at a fundraiser for Rick’s high school. Show starts at 8 pm at Monroe High School, 615 Monroe St., Fairbanks 99701. Guaranteed good times!

New Mavis CD featuring RHB due out…

Mavis Staples new CD, which features Rick, Hodge and Jeff, is due to be released late summer/early fall on Anti Records. The record was produced by Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco) and is a killer. Look for it in all the finest record stores (there’s at least one in LA), online […]

Kennedy Center & Earth Day Celebration w/ Mavis & Booker T

On April 23, 2010 Mavis Staples and the band rocked the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Sold out, rocked out. Check out the Washington Post review and photos… Couple days later Mavis, Booker T and Rick performed I’ll Take You There (backed by The Roots) in front of an estimated […]

NAACP Image Awards March 2 w/ Mavis Staples

Watch the 2007 NAACP Awards and look out 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!