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Mark "Porkchop" Holder / Press

"Comme l'an passé, lorsqu'il a convaincu Mark Porkchop Holder de venir jouer dans ce petit port breton, alors que celui-ci n'avait jamais quitté son Tennessee natal! Ceux qui ont assisté aux concerts de ce bluesman, le bonhomme n'est pas du genre à se produire qu'un seul soir, ne s'en sont pas encore remis."

"...Things take a turn for the Humble Pie-ish when The Buffalo Killers roar into “It’s A Shame” – due in no small way to the raunchy, swaggering blues harp of special guest Mark “Porkchop” Holder. Holder – who also sits in with Left Lane Cruiser later on – needs to be signed by somebody, now. The man is a blues harp monster who deserves to be heard by the rest of the world."

“Formerly the third leg of Black Diamond Heavies, Mark "Porkchop" Holder went his own way in 2006. The amicable separation did neither side any harm musically: The Heavies now rock harder than ever, and Holder, playing solo, creates fiery, furious traditional country-blues that needs no embellishment other than what he can provide. And he can provide a hell of a lot: Making a big noise to match his ample frame with a steel guitar, harmonica, and stompboxes, Holder plays like he's wrestling with the devil for the thrill of it. He knows and clearly loves the old blues canon, slamming out terrific covers of tunes by Robert Johnson and Blind Willie Johnson. His latest disc, Fry Pharmacy, keeps things raw and simple—one-take recordings of songs he's been perfecting on Nashville street corners.”

“Mark Porkshop Holder has just released his second album and it's a wicked simple sample of the big man's skills. Holder, former guitarist for the Black Diamond Heavies, has flown under the blues radar for too long and that's a damn shame because he's one of the finest guitarists out there. But hell a brother has to work for a living, right? Maybe the thing I dig most about Porkchop is he brings the sound of menace back to the blues. Case in point his super creepy evil cover of Robt. Johnson's Me & The Devil (thoughtfully chosen as track 13). Hell, i'd pay ten bucks just to hear Porkchop's guitar solo on this track! I've always dug Charlie Patton over Johnson but this may have me digging that Johnson box out again (he covers Johnson's Possession too). Speaking of Patton, Porkchop drives the mans Stone Pony right back to Natchez where it belongs. Porkchop lays his slide down slow, loose and heavy on Johnny Cash's Delia and makes it even more mournful. But this album ain't all about cover”