The Arthur Holmes Blues Band was born four years ago, two full years before the group played a single note at a rehearsal. Arthur and bassist John Worth, who had played together a decade earlier in a local original rock band, began to form ideas for the band and began listening to blues music that might be used later in shows. Both are devout lovers of the blues, and both harbored a lifelong dream of performing in a band dedicated solely to that wonderful style of music.

While searching for a drummer, Arthur held the position of lead guitarist in local heavy rock band Crankenstein. In May 2009, Rob Daugherty came to the blues project, and the first serious rehearsals began. Hammond Organ artist Gary Smith, who began talks with the band in January 2010, began rehearsals with the group in March 2010. In early May 2010, drummer Rob Daugherty left the band to pursue other musical interests.

That afternoon, Arthur posted a status update on his Facebook page, telling his friends that the Arthur Holmes Blues Band was looking for a good drummer who wasn’t afraid to express himself within a blues format, and literally 30 minutes later, Mr. George Avery (aka “The God Of Thunder”) answered back, and was at rehearsal two days later.

“It was like stumbling around in the dark, and all of a sudden, someone flipped a switch, and a 1000-watt searchlight came on”, Arthur said, “he was the missing piece we had been searching for. I knew our sound wasn’t what I was looking for, I just didn’t know how to get it right. When George sat down behind his drum set, he did everything he could do to complement what I was doing, and as a result, the entire band shined.”

The Arthur Holmes Blues Band doesn’t try to take the blues and do anything strange with it; as far as the band is concerned, blues music is perfect just the way it is.