Edwin Holt began performing in the ghettos of South Dallas at the age of twenty as a featured vocalist and harmonica player in a small five piece that served as a pick up band for traveling artists such as Bobby Blue Bland and Little Milton.
The death of rhythm and blues legend Johnnie Taylor would leave a twelve piece soul band without a lead. Jack Williams, Johnnie’s long time band leader, requested Holt take the lead putting him on a fast track within the chitlin circuit and cutting an album that had two hits on XM Radio. One went to number one while the other went to number three.
Bill Wax of XM Bluesville was quoted saying Holt can sing a storm, a storm that would take Holt to the other side of the planet headlining the Broadbeach Blues Festival in Milburn, Australia that same year.
Holt’s sound would take a turn after meeting Ross Holmes, fiddle player for Mumford and Sons, who essentially reinvented the sound to a more classic old string band fusing bluegrass and soul together.
Holt has since taken the lead on this new sound incorporating banjo, fiddle, bass, guitar, drums and three very soulful background vocalists. With one successful year under their belt headlining the T Bone Walker Blues Festival alongside Keb’ Mo’ as well as numerous other venues, Edwin Holt’s Red Clay Roadhouse Band pushes on, bringing their sound to sold out crowds everywhere.
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