Don Harrison has a beautiful profile of Sherman in Virginia Living:
The Holmes Brothers were known for transforming other peoples’ songs—from Jim Reeves to Cheap Trick—and Sherman’s deconstructing of Ben Harper (“Homeless Child”), Marvin Gaye (“Don’t Do It”) and Vince Gill (“Liza Jane “) is masterful and inclusive. There are no genres here. “I refer to it as Americana,” Holmes says of the sound. “It’s American music, you know.”
Marty Gunther of Blues Blast magazine took a listen and loved the fresh spin Sherman put on some of these tunes.
Fans can rejoice, however. Even though the Holmes Brothers are no more, Sherman has picked things up basically where that group left off. Like the predecessor, this ensemble delivers its music – and plenty of joy – by unabashedly taking familiar tunes from several genres and reworking them into songs that become totally their own.
Grant Britt reviewed The Sherman Holmes Project for No Depression.
The Holmeses always mixed things up, blending secular and gospel in a way that blurred the crossover line, and Sherman has continued that tradition here, just in a more radical way.
JD Nash had a lot of love for the gospel influences on Sherman Holmes Project's The Richmond Sessions.
Make no mistake, the music of The Richmond Sessions took us to church. We’re not talking about one of those Megachurches often seen in evangelical broadcasts. This is tent revival, foot stomping, back to the roots of it, church. The very first track sets the tone. Filled with fiddle, banjo, dobro and lofting vocals, the traditional hymn, “Rock of Ages,” rocked our socks off. Other great, gospel classics include the Holmes favored, “I Want Jesus,” and “Wide River.”
Jim Hynes of Elmore Magazine gave Sherman Holmes and the Richmond Sessions a score of 90 in a recent article.
This project is flawlessly rendered. It’s not often that an album of covers deserves repeated listens like this one does. The versatile spirit of the Holmes Brothers lives on.
Renowned blues scholar Scott Barretta wrote a fantastic review of the Sherman Holmes Project last week in the Clarion-Ledger out of Jackson, Mississippi.
One of the most interesting recent releases this summer is “The Richmond Sessions” by the Sherman Holmes Project, featuring the surviving member of the celebrated blues/soul trio the Holmes Brothers. The Project continues the eclectic musical approach of the trio, with a heavy focus on country sounds alongside distinctive takes on classics from rock, southern soul, and gospel.
The full review is worth your time, read it here.
The Richmond Sessions was reviewed in the Washington Post this week by AP reporter Pablo Gorondi.
"The Richmond Sessions" is Sherman’s Southern-style, stirring Irish wake for departed brother Wendell and bandmate Popsy. Think of them fondly as you clap your hands and stomp your feet.