Tony Holiday a Salt Lake City, Utah native now residing in Memphis, captured international recognition with his 2019 album, Porch Sessions, featuring blues artists from across the USA. Since then, Holiday has released his solo debut, Soul Service (2020) and continued to write, record and produce. He also makes plenty of time for performing, with a robust tour schedule that allows him to share his music in its most intimate form, live.
Now, Holiday continues his live field recording sessions with a second volume, recorded with co-producer JD Taylor at locations across the US from California to Memphis, TN to Bristol, VA; "One Take Jake" style. Volume 2 offers an impressive array of featured artists, including Victor Wainwright, Bobby Rush, Watermelon Slim, Lurrie Bell, & more. Reminiscent of the very early origins of the blues, when friends and family gathered on the porch to make and enjoy music, Porch Sessions Volume 2 captures the essence of the genre, as performed by modern-day blues masters. A healthy dose of harmonica weaves through the sessions, as Holiday enjoyed participating in the music making as much as he enjoyed recording and producing it.
Holiday's excitement about the new release is tempered with bittersweet memories of James Harman, who passed away in May. Tracks from Harman appeared on the first volume, and the track on Volume 2 now takes a sacred place in the expanding musical collection. "This album is dedicated to my hero, mentor and friend James Harman, the rawest of them all in my opinion. James fit the mold of this concept album to the T. We love and miss you Daddi-o, every day," says Holiday.
AMERICAN ROOTS PERFORMANCE:
"Peace Will Come" (Southern Avenue)
TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM:
Tony Holiday's Porch Sessions Vol 2