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“I’m Sick of All of the Existential, Post-Apocalyptic Doom”: Rick Holmstrom Reacts to the Current Crazy with ‘Get It!’

On his 2021 release, See That Light, L.A. blues legend and Mavis Staples guitarist Rick Holmstrom began to address the insanity of the current climate. “Everybody’s staring at a screen, but we can’t see what’s in front of us,” he writes in one lyric. But on January 6 of that year, while waiting for See That Light to come out, the world became exponentially crazier.
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Review: Roots Guitarist Rick Holmstrom Provides Punchy, Potent, and Classy Bluesy Instrumentals on Spirited ‘Get It!’

The primary thought that enters most minds around the concept of an instrumental guitar album is likely a frantic, frazzled, shred happy set from fret demons like Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, or Jeff Beck. Journeyman guitarist Rick Holmstrom couldn’t be further away from that characterization. Holmstrom’s vocal-free set, the...
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Review: Rick Holmstrom goes all-instrumental on ‘Get It!’

“Get It!,” Rick Holmstrom (LuEllie Records) Guitarist Rick Holmstrom’s new album is an all-instrumental collection of toe-tappers, thigh-slappers and finger-snappers. There’s an irresistible backbeat, and the mood is upbeat. Grin and hear it. Holmstrom, who has worked with Mavis Staples for the past 15 years, draws on...
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Rick Holmstrom Shares 'Bubbles' Video

(Western Publicity) Rick Holmstrom has released a music video for his song "Bubbles". The track comes from his forthcoming instrumental album "Get It!", which will be released on March 4th. Holmstrom said of the track, "I've had enough existential post apocalyptic doom. Right now I just want to have a...
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Mavis Staples’ Guitarist Rick Holmstrom Works Out Pandemic Frustrations with ‘See That Light’

It takes a strong man to stand onstage with Mavis Staples. You gotta be able to carry the weight of her reputation and back catalog as well as stand up to the pressure of being showered with her distinctive, magnificent voice, supporting but not being overwhelmed by it. Guitarist Rick Holmstrom has had that pleasure and responsibility for over a decade as Staples’ guitarist and bandleader.
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