New Release Rack: The Arthur Holmes Blues Band’s “I’m Waiting”

July 23rd, 2014, 2:00 pm by Greg

The Arthur Holmes Blues Band: I’m Waiting

Review and photographs by Wanda Calagy

I’m Waiting is the new CD recently released by the Pittsfield-based Arthur Holmes Blues Band, offering unique guitar sounds with moving lyrics sung and written by Arthur Holmes, bolstered by a strong bass style from John Worth and rhythmic beat from drummer Brian Forfa. Former bandmate Gary Smith also adds his flair on his Hammond B2 organ to the mix.

The band’s third album tells some moving stories, with all but two selections originals, and Holmes is proud of this latest accomplishment. The beginnings of this CD started a couple of years ago.

“I enjoy songwriting,” said Holmes. “We have been playing ‘Sand Road’ out at a few gigs before the release. That song is a condensed version of my life – much of my music is.”

Holmes’ favorite tune on the album is “Crying Time.” “When you listen, you will hear how I held onto certain notes for a long time,” he added. “We were in the studio for weeks, and a couple of pieces, such as ‘I’m Waiting’ had been stuck going around inside my head forever. The first two songs came easily, though I had not laid them all right out. I’ve worked with John for years, and he is a solid bass player. Brian joined the band a little over a year ago and is a great fit. I had worked with him in the past.”

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Be Here Now: The Arthur Holmes Blues Band @ Pauly’s Hotel, 12/15/12

December 13th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg
Arthur Holmes

Arthur Holmes

Story and photographs by Wanda Callagy

Along with Santa Claus, the Arthur Holmes Blues Band is coming town. They will play at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany on Saturday (December 15).

The band – which originates from the Pittsfield area and the Berkshires – includes Arthur Holmes on vocals and lead guitar, John Worth on bass, Gary Smith on Hammond organ and Bridget Wnukowski on drums. Inspired by blues artists such as Elmore James, Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf and B.B. King among others, the band plays many originals along with covers.

Holmes writes most of music, crediting who he calls the “original gunslingers” as the foundation of most music today. “They wrote about their experiences, about their hard-luck places and their life. It’s music written from the soul,” says Holmes. “Much of the music I have written comes from a dark time in my life, and how far I have come from that point.”

Holmes is modest about his guitar playing, which started at an early age, as he listened for hours and played along with records of musicians he admired. He and Worth have played together for years, and their energetic sound is complimented by Smith’s soaring keys and Wnukowski’s powerhouse backbeat.

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