Hydraulic Groove

Rick Holmstrom is well known to blues fans as the lead guitarist in the award-winning West Coast band Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers.

Rick Holmstrom is well known to blues fans as the lead guitarist in the award-winning West Coast band Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers. He's also released two solo albums prior to Hydraulic Groove, but they don't bear much resemblance to what he's done with his latest project. Holmstrom hooked up with engineer/producer Rob Schnapf (Beck, Foo Fighters, R.L. Burnside) and together they laid a major tweaking on Holmstrom's blues sensibility. Loops, electronic layering, samples, and a healthy dose of funk combine with Holmstrom's taste for jump blues to produce a sound that might well be labeled dub blues. For definitive info on what's up here, check out "Pee Wee's Nightmare" and "My Maria." Both tunes are deep into electronica and sonic layering; very much blues filtered through a wall of dazzling signal processing. This is blues for the avant mind.—PVV