Jeff Holmes (of The Floating Men)
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"high praise from academia"

“The burden of the South’s tragically beautiful history is reflected in Jeff Holmes’ lyrics, where Holmes brilliantly, playfully, and reverently portrays the absurdities and contrasts of the South. From plantations backed up against the parking lot of the Paradise disco which is “choking on vines” to the town drunks and the voodoo women who prowl the South, as well as the ornate chandeliers hanging in abandoned mansions, Holmes’ lyrics and, seemingly his heart, are enrapt by the South much like kudzu imprisons southern roadways. Paying homage to Faulkner with “A Rose for Emily” and other lyrics, Holmes also echoes Tennessee Williams in that he is always championing the disenfranchised and those on the fringes with his lyrical parade of Southern gothic and grotesque characters. Finally, in the steps of the mighty southern word slingers before him, Holmes humorously gives life to the poor, white trash of the South (See “Scrawny Little Outlaw” and others); however, these characters serve in juxtaposition to other characters like the uppity church ladies and the underhanded pillar of the church. These characters are poor, trashy, and often a little more than left of center, but Holmes’ characterization of these folks is almost forgiving in that these people, regardless of the scorn they receive, wake everyday with the knowledge of who they are and never apologize for it. Jeff Holmes, through his reverence to words and his profound love of the South, inspired me to teach English, and he taught me how to be proud of being southern.”
- Dr. Gwendolyn N. Hale, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of English/ Writing Center Coordinator
Savannah State University
Savannah, GA
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"JR Taylor"

“He’s the illegitimate father of lit-rock and could’ve launched Americana—yet Jeff Holmes still keeps a day job after two decades of great songwriting. It’s a dashing "I’m the biologist who’s gonna save the world" kind of day job, but Renaissance men should be free to let the art come first… The only other consistency has been Holmes’ ability to write incredibly indulgent music that’s catchy and appealing. He’s a timid intellectual at heart, but also a wordy bastard who’s fearless in mining classic pop territory. That’s enough to qualify him as a true outsider artist, but without the extra chromosome.”
- J.R, Taylor
Black and White, Birmingham’s City Paper
Birmingham, AL
- Black and White, Birmingham's City Paper

"Jeffrey Jones"

"Pleasurado! has to be the BEST record that Peter Hay has sent my way. It instantly grabbed me (which makes me worry sometimes that the pleasure won't last) but as it turns out, it ain't lettin' go...why have y'all been slumming on satellite?!?! Kidding aside, I'm glad you threw a bone to us terrestrial/streaming stations to juice up our playlists. We've even had positive feedback from online listeners in GA (we're way up in the Great Frozen Wastelands of extreme NW Wisconsin) which is very cool."
-Jeffrey Jones, Music Director/PM Edition Host
WOJB-FM 88.9
Reserve (Hayward) WI
- WOJB-FM, Hayward WI

"Richard Winham"

"Jeff Holmes is a masterful storyteller. His Southern Gothic tales buoyed by memorable melodies reward repeated listening. The band's increasingly sophisticated arrangements adding brass and piano to the mix have expanded the rocking little trio into a full-fledged big band that rocks like a charging rhino. The Floatilla have known for years what the rest of the world is still discovering. Sometimes it takes a while..."
- Richard Winham,
WUTC (NPR Affiliate)
Chattanooga, TN
- WUTC, Chattanooga, TN

"Emily Boldon"

"Meet my dirty little fiendish friend "Pleasurado!," a masterful mix that leaves the listener feeling like a junkie, wanting MORE. Simply put, start to finish, Pleasurado is perfection. Now is time for the masses to discover what rabid fans have known for years... The Floating Men are here, and they are a force to be reckoned with. Go quietly... I promise you won't be disappointed."
- Emily Boldon, Format Director,
Cumulus Media Group, Inc.
Atlanta, GA
- Cumulus Media Group

"Eddie Owens"

“… there is background music and, when and where appropriate, it’s a lovely addition to our listening world. However, the floating men do not play background music. if you aren’t into listening to literate lyrics and catchy melodies that will stick in your head and nice harmonies and beats that get your foot tappin’ and may lead to having a shot of tequila.….then you won’t like the floating men. Find the nearest elevator and enjoy background music.”
-Eddie Owen
Eddie’s Attic
Decatur, GA
(A joint The Floating Men have been playing for 16 years)
- Eddie's Attic, decatur al

"Jimbo Lattimore"

"Jeff Holmes makes his characters so real you can almost smell the sea air and stale cigarrette smoke. To call this body of work an "opera" is an understatement. It is a wonderful night of music with all the low country revilry and mysticism you've come to expect from from Holmes and the Floating Men. You will be transported and transmogrified. Hell, it might even turn you into Pamela and Dr. Love at the same time." - Jim Lattimore, Memphis House Concerts, Memphis, TN

- Memphis House Concerts



Tall Shadows (Meridian Records, 1993);
Bootleg Snacks Volume 1 (live, Meridian Records, 1994);
Invoking Michelangelo (Meridian Records, 1995);
Bootleg Snacks Volume 2 (double live, Meridian Records, 1996);
The Song of the Wind in the Pines (Shade, 1998);
Lemon Pie (Shade, 2000);
Bootleg Snacks Volume 3: Pie Ingredients (live & outtakes, Shade, 2000);
Bootleg IV: Live at the Belcourt Theater (Shade, 2001);
Heroes, Felons, and Fiends (Shade, 2001);
Boot 5: Please Be Seated (live, Shade, 2002);
A Magnificent Man (Shade, 2002);
Bootleg 6: The Upper Room (live, Shade, 2003);
So Far So Good: The Best of The Floating Men (Shade, 2003),
The Haunting (Shade, 2004),
Pleasurado! (Shade 2007).



Since forming in 1990, Nashville legends The Floating Men have become one of the most influential indie acts in the Eastern US, releasing seven critically-acclaimed studio albums and a bevy of officially-authorized bootlegs. Their songs are covered by young performers all over the country, their lyrics are discussed in college classrooms, and they have inspired innumerable songwriters, musicians, and poets. Supported by a ravenously loyal cult of road-tripping followers (self-dubbed The Floatilla), The Floating Men continued to stretch musical boundaries on their 2002 CD release, A Magnificent Man, and on their 2004 release The Haunting, The Floatilla, as their fans are known, became "Executive Producers" of individual tracks by paying as much as $1,000 per team to watch The Floating Men record a new batch of character-rich songs. “Pleasurado!” (2007) is the fourth consecutive studio album fully funded by their enthusiastic fan base.

Sampling of achievements and Awards:
1993 Chattanooga Music Awards:
• Best Album
• Best Song
• Best Rock Band
• Best Male Vocalist
1995 Chattanooga Music Awards
• Best Song
1995 Nashville Scene Readers Poll
• Best Rock Band
• Best Local Release (Independent Label)
1995 Nashville Music Awards (Nammies)
• Best Unsigned Act Nominee
1995: Vin Scelsa’s Idiot’s Delight
• The Floating Men invited for an unprecedented total of three appearances on the legendary New York radio show in less than five months
1999-2001: East Tennessee State University
• Jeff Holmes’ lyrics included in American Literature curriculum
2001: XM Satellite Radio, Alternative Country
• #1 Song (“Roll Down the Windows and Drive)
• #1 Album (“Heroes, Felons and Fiends”)
2002: Middle Tennessee State University
• Jeff Holmes accepts invitation as guest lecturer in American Literature classes
2002: XM Satellite Radio, Alternative Country
• Top 10 Album (“A Magnificent Man”)
2003: PCAS/ACAS (Pop Culture Association of the South/ American Culture Association of the South) Conference
• “Southern Gothicism and the Grotesque in the Lyrics of Jeff Holmes and the Floating Men.” (unpublished paper by Gwendolyn Hale, PhD., MTSU) among the topics of a scholarly panel discussion
2003: Middle Tennessee State University
• Jeff Holmes accepts return engagement as guest lecturer in American Literature classes
2004 XM Satellite Radio, Alternative Country
• Top 10 Album (“The Haunting”)