This Saturday, the Arthur Holmes Blues Band comes to town.
They bring their unique sound to the Dinosaur BBQ in Troy and take the stage at 10PM.
The band, which originates from the Pittsfield, Massachusetts area includes Arthur Holmes on guitar and vocals, John Worth on bass, Gary Smith on the Hammond organ, and Bridget Wnukowski on drums.
Inspired by blues artists such as Elmore James, Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf and BB King ,among many others, they play many of their originals along with covers.
Holmes writes most of the music, crediting what he calls those “original gunslingers” as being the foundation of most music here today.
“They wrote stories from their experiences, their life,” said Holmes. “They wrote from their soul. What may make our music unique is that I have written from a hard-luck place myself and used that truth to grow.”
“What Can A Good Man Do,” the title track on their CD, expresses that point and is one of many tunes which highlights his playing skills and voice.
Holmes is modest about his guitar playing which began at an early age. He would listen to the greats and play along with them. He and longtime friend Worth as bass have played together for years and their sound is complimented by Smith’s soaring organ keys and Wnukowski’s upbeat backbeat.
At the end of January, the band plays with Popa Chubby and the James Montgomery Blues Band at the Colonial in Pittsfield.
“We have met some great people here in the Capitol region,” added Holmes. We’re looking forward to this.”