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On The Radio w/ Wendel Holmes, NEW Odds and Ends Release The Songster Part 2 

Watch out, na! Ol' Catfish has some good news and even some not good news for you.

As you may know, since last winter it has been one of the pleasures of my life to learn from Mr. Wendel Holmes of The Holmes Brothers (if you don't know them, please check them out: http://www.theholmesbrothers.com/) through the Maryland Traditional Arts Council Apprenticeship Program. On Friday January 23rd, you can catch me with them at The Creative Alliance. However, this will be The Holmes Brothers' first show since the passing of drummer Wille "Popsy" Dixon due to bladder cancer. My heart truly goes out to his family and to Wendel and Sherman Holmes who have been playing with Popsy for over 40 years. My good friend and fantastic drummer Eric Kennedy will be filling in while, of course never being able to replace Mr. Dixon.

If you would like to reserve tickets, you can find them here: http://www.creativealliance.org/events/2014/holmes-brothers‎.To promote for the show, Wendel and I will be featured o  the popular hour-long radio program The Signal, performing songs and having a fun, casual interview with Aaron Henkin and Cliff Murphy. Our episode will air Friday the 16th at 7pm and Saturday the 17th at 4pm. If you miss it, you can always check it out here: http://wypr.org/post/wendell-holmes-brooks-long. I think you'll enjoy it. I can't tell you how special our bond has become.

Finally, I'd like all you Mad Dog fans who enjoy my songwriting to check out my new odds and -ends collection, The Songster Part 2, at https://brookslong.bandcamp.com/album/the-songster-part-2.  It's a continuing series of songs that don't quite fit with The Mad Dog No Good and will be added to every month or so. Getting these initial 13 songs together has been a real labor of love for over a year now, so although they are different, I hope you'll enjoy them. Most of the songs are home recordings, which means very low-fi. So they may not be perfect, but I guarantee they're all pure Catfish.

 


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Stay warm,

-Jermaine Maintaine