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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!

European Tour in Spring 2007…

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. […]

New Studio CD Coming…

Stay tuned for news of Rick’s upcoming studio release on MC Records…scheduled for spring 2007…a raw, stripped down recording with Stephen Hodges on drums and glockenspiel, Jeff Turmes on bass, guitar, sax and backing vocals. The record was recorded, mixed and mastered in a matter of days and represents the […]

Hollywood Fats Band is back & kickin’ some major…

BOOTAY! That’s right…Al Blake, Larry Taylor, Fred Kaplan and Richard Innes are back as the Hollywood Blue Flames (with me as the chump playing guitar while the ghost of Fats darts around the stage yelling “WRONG!”). But hey, it’s exciting to play with this group. Back to the roots, underneath […]

Fall, 2005 – Finland, Norway and Russia

In Moscow now, and it’s true: these Russians can drink some vodka. Here’s two pix from Norway, where we were in Svalbard. It was way too freaking cold and always dark with a brutal wind. I’m talking icepick in your ear cold, and I’m from freaking Fairbanks, Alaska so I […]

Greetings from St. Charles, Illinois!

One of our favorite new stops is Chord on Blues, a club that features cool tunes and great groceries. A fine establishment.February 7, 2003 – Chord on Blues St. Charles, IL photos: © 2003 Chuck Winnans,

Rufus lives! …

date:12/31/02 Shake It, Pt.2 features the late great Memphis soul/blues singer and influential WDIA disc jockey Rufus Thomas. Hipper radio stations across the country have followed up on the lead of Los Angeles’ own influential KCRW, Detroit’s WDET, XM Satellite Radio and many others by adding this tune to their […]