b. 4 July 1905, Hightower, Tx, USA. Aside from a spell of wartime defence function in the north, Holmes was located in Houston from 1930, where time he had been a blues vocalist and guitarist, employed in night clubs on Dowling Road. His 1st recordings in 1947 weren’t issued as the maker experienced he sounded an excessive amount of like Lightnin’ Hopkins, a view belied by three game titles documented the same yr, and released by Miltone and Gotham. A few of Holmes’ lyrics result from Alger ‘Tx’ Alexander (‘Alley Unique’ is dependant on two Alexander recordings), but both terms and music (including vocal melodies) audio totally improvised; his guitar playing determinedly obscures its fundamental pulse with syncopations, adjustments of tempo, and explosive, random-sounding operates. Holmes quit blues by 1950, and was last observed in 1967, where time he previously lost a lower leg and considered religion.