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Friday, October 19, 2012

Holmstrom, Bonnie & Mavis

Rick Holmstrom With Mavis Staples & Bonnie Raitt On Austin City Limits This Weekend!

Contact: Mark Carpentieri                                         
Phone: 631-754-8725                                              

Northport NY - M.C. Records is excited to announce that guitarist Rick Holmstrom and his band will be playing with Mavis Staples on PBS' Austin City Limits this weekend. Rick and his band-mates have been backing Mavis on the road and in the studio for over five years. You can sneak a peak of this weekends show right here.

Rick Holmstrom's first CD in five years, Cruel Sunrise was released on August 28 and you can listen to and download all 24 tracks  (including two with Mavis Staples on tracks 3 & 8) and read his new bio right here:

Rick Holmstrom is just too talented and restrained to release anything less than professionally crafted. All Music Guide

I'm so inspired by the sounds, the vibe, Rick's edgy guitar playing, and the honest and revealing songwriting. Andy Ellis, Senior Editor, Premier Guitar

Each track is blissfully inventive. Holmstrom creates a blues that is effortless to vibe to. Where Y'At

Cruel Sunrise will leave a lasting impression in the ear, the heart and the mind, to be returned to over and over again.
David Rubin, KBA Winner in Journalism

All 12 songs on Cruel Sunrise were written or co-written by Rick Holmstrom. The recording are also  available as a limited "Deluxe Edition" which features a second disc of all instrumentals. They are Rick's unique take on classic songs including "You Send Me," "Folsom Prison Blues," and "I'll Take You There." Both the single CD and Deluxe Edition were released on August 28.

I was around songwriters like Jeff Tweedy, Ron Sexsmith, and Neko Case while recording and touring with Mavis Staples,” says Holmstrom “I thought there must be a way to write songs like theirs, but with a blues feeling—songs that regular music fans might like, in addition to blues aficionados. - Rick Holmstrom
No doubt both blues aficionados and rock music fans will enjoy Cruel Sunrise, a record that honors Rick Holmstrom’s ongoing reign as a statesman of the blues while pointing to his future as a songwriter to be reckoned with.

Rick Holmstrom Tour Dates with Mavis Staples

10/19/2012 Norwalk, CT Norwalk Concert Hall (Mavis)
10/27/2012 Linköping, SWEDEN Linköping Jazz & Blues Festival (Mavis)
10/30/2012 Amsterdam, THE NETHERLANDS MC Theatre (Mavis)
10/31/2012 Uppsala, SWEDEN Sacred Music Festival (Mavis)
11/3/2012 Dublin, IRELAND National Concert Hall (Mavis)
11/17/12 - Elgin, IL Elgin Community College (Mavis)
11/23/12 to 11/24/12 - Chicago, IL City Winery (Mavis)
11/29/12 - Kahului, HI Maui Arts & Cultural Center (Mavis)

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