State of Grace

State of Grace

by The Holmes BrothersThe Holmes Brothers


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The Holmes Brothers do what they do supremely well, taking all sorts of music and making it into gospel -- a sort of musical equivalent of alchemy. There's more of it here, plenty of their own material, but with some absolutely glorious covers. They utterly re-imagine Cheap Trick's perky "I Want You to Want Me" as a piece of '50s gospel, make country-soul from "I Can't Help It If I'm Still in Love with You" (with a great vocal from Rosanne Cash), and do delicious things to a pair of Lyle Lovett tunes. It's good to hear so many covers, actually, not because their own material is weak (anything but!), but rather because they have a special sense of style and a way to extract things from a song that you'd never imagined, as they do with the chestnut "Bad Moon Rising." With a crack band -- and a real tip of the hat goes to multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell -- they're in top form here, and a few guests, like Levon Helm and Joan Osborne, help keep everything down-home and funky. The Holmes Brothers continue their series of small triumphs here.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/16/2007
Label: Alligator Records
UPC: 0014551491224
catalogNumber: 4912
Rank: 116503

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Holmes Brothers   Primary Artist
Rosanne Cash   Vocals
Chris Bruce   Guitar
Larry Campbell   Fiddle,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar
Popsy Dixon   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Snare Drums
Levon Helm   Mandolin,Drums,Vocals,Snare Drums
Sherman Holmes   Bass,Electric Bass,Vocals
Wendell Holmes   Guitar,Vocals
John Leventhal   Guitar
Catherine Russell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Craig Street   Guitar
Joan Osborne   Vocals,Background Vocals
Glenn Patscha   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Pump Organ
Amy Helm   Vocals,Background Vocals
Byron Isaacs   Background Vocals,Upright Bass
Fiona McBain   Vocals,Background Vocals
Colby Rose Street   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

John Fogerty   Composer
Lyle Lovett   Composer
Angel Acevedo   Composer
Sherman Holmes   Composer
Wendell Holmes   Composer
Nick Lowe   Composer
Rick Nielsen   Composer
Craig Street   Producer,Audio Production
Paul Kahn   Executive Producer
Matthew Cullen   Engineer
Glenn Patscha   Composer
Michael Trossman   Logo
Héctor Castillo   Engineer
Hector Catillo   Engineer

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