Long beloved in the roots music world and beyond, the Holmes Brothers (consisting of Sherman Holmes and his brothers/musical partners Wendell Holmes and Popsy Dixon) formed as a group in 1979, though they had all been playing for decades by then. Sherman, in fact, played behind the likes of Jerry Butler and John Lee Hooker in the early 1960s.
They racked up numerous blues music awards and did further guest shots with Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, and Odetta. After their last album together—Brotherhood in 2014—they were honored with a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor the government bestows upon traditional artists.
Since the passing of his brothers, Sherman continues their legacy with his Sherman Holmes Project, with Eric Kennedy on drums and vocals, Walker Andrews on guitar, Priscilla Johnson on backup vocals, and Sherman taking lead vocals and bass.