First time I heard Wright Holmes he scared me a little bit. I didn’t know what to make of the intense craziness of “Alley Special” heard on a Blues Classics LP many years ago. Then a year or two later I saw a photo of him dragging on a cigarette in Blues Unlimited and I was even more taken aback; if anything he looked more intense than he sounded. Many years after that, I heard his other two issued performances and was pretty well convinced we had a real Texas madman on our hands here. I believe I read somewhere that he later gave up blues for the church . . . hope that helped! Anyway, here for your Sunday listening is the great and not famous Wright Holmes as he sounded in a Houston recording studio in 1947 singing his blues and cranking out some really unhinged guitar solos.
Memphis Minnie, vocal/guitar; Kansas Joe, vocal/guitar. Chicago, 11 October 1930 This track and 20 others featuring great sides by artists like Charley Patton, Blind Blake, Lil McClintock, and others, are available on the CD that comes with this year’s (2013) Classic Blues Artwork from the 1920’s calendar available from Blues Images.
“I Want You” was the jaunty radio hit in the summer of ’66 but the flip was the scary side that pulled you down onto Rue Morgue Avenue and wrung you out until you drag-assed yourself back home muttering “I do believe I’ve had enough. . . .”