Album Review

Mark "Porkchop" Holder Returns With A Power Trio, "My Black Name" Song Premiere

Mark Porkchop Holder - Let It Slide

photo by Bill Johnson

Not many things in life make me happier than the return of a bon-a-fide badass bluesman/guitar slinger, especially in that beautiful happenstance between blues and garage rock. Enter the last of the mysteriously missing trio from Tennessee, The Black Diamond Heavies, James Leg aka John Wesley Myers has amassed some delectable records in the past few years, drummer Van Campbell popped up in a smoking jaunt with Left Lane Cruiser’s Fredrick “Joe” Evans IV just last year, and now the great, Mark “Porkchop” Holder, is back in action with a power trio and it's fire in a barrel.

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. Holder adds, ““My Black Name” is a song about having your reputation precede you, the only way to deal honestly with having a rep, good or bad, is to own it. It's easier to sing it than to live it." –Amen, Porkchop.

I’m honored to premier “My Black Name” and the full offering is slated for a February 10th release on the mighty, Alive Naturalsound. Porkchop looks healthier than ever and sounds the part too with the pinpoint rhythm section of Doug Bales and Travis Kilgore, on the bucket banging and low end, respectively. Ladies and gentleman, but mostly ladies, I unveil to you… “My Black Name”….


Click here to purchase the limited edition starburst vinyl LP of Mark Porkchop Holder's Let It Slide

  Mark Porkchop Holder's Let It Slide will be available February 10th on limited edition vinyl, CD and digital formats via Alive Naturalsound Records.   LET IT SLIDE TRACKLISTING: 
01 Let It Slide
02 Disappearing 03 My Black Name 04 Headlights 05 38 06 Let It Slide Reprise / No Doctor 07 Stagger Lee 08 Stranger 09 Baby Please Don't Go