Albums by Rick Holmstrom
( artist bio )

Hydraulic Groove Hydraulic Groove (Tone-Cool, 2002)
"As far-fetched as it may seem, Holmstrom's new disc, Hydraulic Groove - with its samples, drum loops, backwards guitars, lo-fi vocals, and other such modern textures - packs more than enough blues sting to please even die-hard traditionalists." -- Jude Gold, Guitar Player

Gonna Get Wild Gonna Get Wild (Tone-Cool, 2000)
"Holmstrom is an impeccably fluid guitarist and creative innovator of jump blues and rock-hoppin’ styles. Playing dazzling riffs while still allowing the music to breathe... Holmstrom is destined for greatness." -- Blues Revue Magazine

Lookout! Lookout! (Rounder, 1996)
"Lookout! is great fun. There's barrelhouse boogie ("North of Montana"), Lightin' Hopkins-style guitar licks ("Rub It"), sock-hop rockers ("Hit It"), Latin-tinged blues ("Tacos de Pescado"), ballads ("Maria Cecile"), and Earl Hooker-like guitar-organ groovers ("A Good One"). There's not a weak track on this CD." -- All About Jazz

Shake It! Shake It! featuring Rick Holmstrom (Black Top, 1995)
"...co-leader Rick Holmstrom is a versatile guitarist who is able to play 1950s jump blues and the later, more rocking variety with equal facility and spirit; his instrumental feature "Tacos De Pescado" is a highlight." -- Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

Listen Up Listen Up! featuring Rick Holmstrom (Black Top, 1994)
"Although 20-something at the time of recording, Holmstrom displays a light-years-ahead maturity on guitar, balancing brilliant playing and sharing space with Dyer and the bandmates." -- Char Ham, All Music Guide

appears on

R.L. Burnside CD R.L. Burnside: Wish I Was in Heaven Sitting Down (Fat Possum, 2000)
"R.L. Burnside's latest offering for Fat Possum is essentially another helping of largely unblemished Mississippi hill country blues." -- CDNOW

Kid Ramos CD Kid Ramos: West Coast House Party (Evidence, 2000)
"16 tracks of some of the hottest jump-swing blues is what you will find at this house party, starting and ending with instrumental homage being paid to [T-Bone] Walker..." -- Blues Bytes

Finis Tasby CD Finis Tasby: Jump Children! (Evidence, 1998)
"Finis Tasby knows his jump... This disc begs for movement; I can't see how anyone could possibly sit still listening to it." -- Blues On Stage

Blues Guitar Power Various Artists: Blues Guitar Power (EasyDisc, 1997)
"...a collection of great music, great lyrics and a few surprises by one of the most versatile guitarists on the blues scene today." -- Blues Bytes

Blues, Mistletoe & Santa Various Artists: Blues, Mistletoe & Santa's Little Helper (Black Top, 1995)
"Stomping blues the way they did in the `50s!" -- Living Blues
"Too bad Leonard Chess and Willie Dixon can't hear this one!" -- Blues Access

also appears on

Andy Kaulkin: Six Foot Seven and Rising Bong Load 28, 1996
Junior Watson Long Overdue Black Top 1099, 1994
Billy Boy Arnold Back Where I Belong Alligator 4815, 1993
William Clarke Blowin' Like Hell Alligator 4788, 1990

compilations

Blues Harp Hotshots EasyDisc 7073, 1998
Blues Bar-B-Que EasyDisk 7030, 1997
Jump & Swing with Black Top Black Top 7007, 1997
Blues Instramental Dynamite Black Top 1135, 1996
Blues Live From Mountain Stage Blue Plate 305, 1995
Blue Highway Black Top 3, 1994

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