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Wendell Holmes & Brooks Long (June 2015)

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Gospel blues legend Wendell Holmes and his apprentice, Brooks Long, share stories and songs on this special co-production of The Signal and Maryland Traditions.

More than 40 years separate these two musicians, but the generation gap disappears when they plug in their electric guitars.

Wendell Holmes has made his mark in music history with the long-running group, The Holmes Brothers. The trio has toured the world and been awarded the National Heritage Fellowship, the highest federal honor given to traditional artists. Now, at age 71, the seasoned musical veteran has found a young protégé worthy of receiving his wisdom.

(This is a rebroadcast from January 2015)

Aaron creates and produces original radio programs for WYPR. His current project is the neighborhood documentary series, Out of the Blocks, which earned the 2018 national Edward R Murrow Award. His past work includes the long-running weekly cultural program, The Signal, and the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings series, Tapestry of the Times. Aaron's stories have aired nationally on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, PRI’s Studio 360, & The World.