Led by guitarist Bob Holland and featuring former world harmonica champion and Washington Blues Society “Best Harmonica” winner, Jim McLaughlin, the band “Bobby Holland and the Breadline” features top notch musicianship, four part harmony and a catalog of excellent original material which they combine with their own unique interpretations of standards.
In many ways, the band defies categorization as they move seamlessly from a standard like Muddy Waters “King Bee” to a rockin version of the Buck Owens classic “Hot Dog” and onto a bluesy take of Frank Zappa’s “Cosmik Debris”. Along the way they deliver first rate original material from the songwriting team of Bob Holland, Rick Star and Gary Porter.
Their latest release, Southern Friend and Bluesified, was nominated by the Washington Blues Society for Record of the Year. Additionally, Rick Star and Bob Holland were nominated for Songwriters of the Year and Jim McLaughlin won the Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Jim McLaughlin is a two-time World Harmonica Champion and the 2013, 2014 and 2015 winner of the Washington Blues Society’s Harmonica Player of the Year award. In 2016, he was awarded the Washington Blues Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the organization’s Blues Hall of Fame. Jim is ever popular for his harmonica playing locally, nationally and internationally. He has performed with such notables as: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, WAR, James Cotton, Vassar Clements, Townes Van Zandt and Charlie Musselwhite and many more esteemed artists.