Hometown songwriter back in Brundidge for Saturday performance

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, December 27, 2012

Singer/Songwriter Brent Holmes is homegrown and hometown proud and he’ll be back at studio 116 in Brundidge for an encore performance Saturday night.

“Jerry Clower was right when he said that, when God turned the talent spout on Brent Holmes, he let it run awhile,” said Vickie Dickert, a longtime friend and fan of Holmes. “I’ve known Brent since he was 12 years old and that’s a long time now. I can remember him and Mark Dismukes sitting in our living room picking and making up songs. Brent has gotten better with age. He’s an incredible musician, singer and songwriter and I can’t wait to hear him again.”

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Dickert said Holmes writes story songs that appeal to all of those who grew up in a small town or wish they had.

“Brent writes and sings about the store just around the corner and the people you meet on the street everyday,” Dickert said. “No matter where you grew up or where you live, you can relate to his songs. They are songs about how he grew up and things that happened to him and his friends. There has always been a Christian center to his life. Brent sings fun songs and ballads and tells stories. He has wonderful stuff. It’s just a joy to sit and listen to his stories and his songs.”

Holmes will be in concert at studio 116 in downtown Brundidge at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Ethan Watford Extravaganza will open for Holmes. Admission is charged.

Tables are available for those who want to bring a picnic or purchase to-go favorites to enjoy during the show.

“Brent Holmes works in Nashville and we are lucky to have him playing at studio 116 with a new line-up of songs especially for this concert,” said Chris Rich, studio 116 owner. “He is a very talented singer/songwriter and the audience really enjoyed him when he performed at studio 116 in October. Brent’s wit, insight and music create stories in song that will carry the audience through the evening. We are proud to welcome him back.”

Holmes began writing songs and singing on stage at the age of 15. In addition to his own recordings, Holmes has written songs for Ray Stevens, Minnie Pearl, Jerry Clower and Grammy Award winner Bill Miller. He also wrote “We Are a Rainbow,” a song that has been used for many multicultural and inspirational events during the last 30 years.

He performs concerts for adults but he is also one of the best-selling children’s recording artists in the United States. “Parents’ Choice” described his children’s music as “Some of the prettiest and some of the silliest children’s songs ever recorded.”