"Let It Slide" coming early 2017.
Guitarist, singer, harmonica player, and songwriter MARK PORKCHOP HOLDER is a founding member of the seminal Tennessee punk rock blues band The Black Diamond Heavies (with John Wesley Myers aka James Leg, and Van Campbell of the band King Mud).
MARK PORKCHOP HOLDER plays the blues, and his music is the sound of the truth. He has traveled around the world and the US, and played at festivals, clubs, in the streets, at churches, in public toilets, army surplus stores, and in a mental hospital or two. After more than a decade of struggling with depression and addiction, he has finally come back home, in Chattanooga TN, and assembled a first rate power trio.
His debut “Let It Slide” is a blistering blues album that marries both the modern and the traditional. “Let It Slide” has been described by the Chattanooga Pulse as “Boogie, sans bullshit. Dirty roadhouse music. Juke Joint jamming. Swamp rock. Too rock for blues, too blues for rock, the music is hungry, hard and mean."
- February 24 @ TBA — Memphis, TN
- February 28 @ The Thirsty Devil — Tupelo, MS
- March 2 @ Hey Joe’s — Cleveland, MS
- March 3 @ Shipping and Receiving — Fort Worth, TX
- March 4 @ Leftwoods — Amarillo, TX
- March 4 @ The Brass Rail — Fort Wayne, IN
- March 6 @ Redwood Bar — Los Angeles, CA
- March 7 @ The Torch Club — Sacramento, CA
- March 9 @ Aptos Street BBQ — Santa Cruz, CA
- March 11 @ TBA — Grants Pass, OR
- March 12 @ Wildwood Hotel — Willamina, OR
- March 16 @ Treehouse Cafe — Bainbridge Island, WA
- March 29 @ Bayport BBQ — Bayport, MN
- March 30 @ Hook & Ladder — Minneapolis, MN
- March 31 @ TBA — Wausau, WI
- April 1 @ Lyric Room — Greenbay, WI
- April 2 @ The Lift — Dubuque, IA
- June 3 @ Goat Fest IV @ The Shack Up Inn — Clarksdale, MS
There’s no arguing that this album is the work of a unique talent who is clearly not interested in making another by-the-numbers blues album. Holder and his band — bassist Travis Kilgore and drummer Doug Bales — hit with the impact of a rock band, and they’re full of dirty swagger, but Holder’s potent slide guitar work boasts the authority of vintage blues while following a melodic path that’s livelier and more adventurous than the usual set of 12-bar workouts. – Mark Deming / ALL MUSIC
If the Rolling Stones camped with Howlin’ Wolf and Billy Gibbons on trucker speed for the weekend with a fuzz pedal, this would be its precious procreation. “My Black Name” is a charged up garage blues littered with succulent slide licks and tasty crunch, battling the demons that haunt a man’s reputation with war eyes and a big stick. – NO DEPRESSION
You have to try hard to come up with a variation on “Stagger Lee” that people haven’t heard. Porkchop and Co turn it into a primal stomp, with a massive bottom end and nasty, jagged guitars arguing over a mournful blues harp and with Hendrix singing. Heavy and crude, as opposed to most of the rest of the record and a tour de force. A Murderous Ballad indeed. – I94 BAR
It’s been a long time since we’ve heard boogie blues like this. – GLACIALLY MUSICAL
Known for his blistering guitar and raw power, “Disappearing” shows another side of Holder, a slinky, slick slide piece that proves the point that Holder can exercise restraint when it suits him. The result is a tune that—if the rest of his music is burning stage lights, hot vacuum tubes and sweat—is a cool breeze blowing over the audience. – CHATTANOOGA PULSE