What’s got six thumbs

and is about to begin work

on their third album?

(We don’t want to give away the answer, but we will give you this hint: it

rhymes with “Dark ‘Doorstop’ Boulder canned Tim Zee Naitch”…)


Click here for Jack Silverman's review of our first album, "Let it slide", at premierguitar.com.






Mark "Porkchop" Holder & MPH is a Rock Band fronted by a

Blues Man.


Mark "Porkchop" Holder - Guitars, Harp, Vocals

Travis "T-Bone" Kilgore- Bass, Vocals

Doug Bales- Drums, Percussion


 We are proud to announce that our second album, "Death and the Blues", will be released on November 3, 2017 on Alive Naturalsoud Records.

We are proud to announce that our second album, "Death and the Blues", will be released on November 3, 2017 on Alive Naturalsoud Records.

From the Alive Naturalsounds Reocords Site - Mark Porkcop Holder's Official Bio:

Mark “Porkchop” Holder originally turned the blues on its head more than a decade ago as a founding member of punk/blues band Black Diamond Heavies. While he’s been tearing up juke joints, festivals and dive bars since then with his own fiery brand of the blues, it wasn’t until earlier this year that the Tennessee musician released his own debut solo album, Let It Slide, an acclaimed effort that No Depression described as, “...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.”

Now just nine months later, the guitar-slinging, harp-shredding bluesman is releasing his follow-up album, Death and the Blues. On it, Holder, along with Travis Kilgore (bass) and Doug Bales (drums), builds on the success of his previous album with eight newly penned tracks, along with three rousing covers.

Despite the fact that this was recorded in the same studio as their last album (Tiny Buzz in Chattanooga, TN) and by the same line-up, the results are much heavier and tighter on this affair, with Holder’s inventive slide guitar-work snarling and baring teeth over the rock-solid rhythms from Kilgore and Bales.

“Blues is the music of poor people, and poor people live closer to death than other people do,” Holder admits. “The message of the title track is simple: death and the blues are real. I have a personal connection with the symbols of death; they remind me not to waste my time."

MPH Tour dates


  • August 25 at Slowboat Brewery Laurel, MS

  • September 8 at The New Roxy Theater (MAG FEST III) Clarksdale, MS


Stay tuned for details!!


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past tour dates

September 8, 2018, Mag Fest IV, Clarksdale, MS

August 25, 2018, Slowboat Brewery, Laurel, MS

August 23, 2018, Hey Joe’s, Cleveland, MS

August 18, 2018, The Whiskey War Festival, St. Louis, MO

August 17, 2018, The Village Idiot, Maumee, OH

August 16, 2018, Brewfontaine, Bellefontaine, OH

August 15, 2018, Abe’s Old Hat, Springfield, IL

August 12, 2018, The Tudor Lounge, Buffalo, NY

August 11, 2018, Skylark Lounge, Rochester, NY

August 10, 2018- Arachon Squad RC Party, Cortland, NY

August 9, 2018- Rooters, Syracuse, NY

August 8, 2018- The Anchor, Kingston, NY

August 2, 2018- The Shack Up Inn

July 28, 2018- Binic Folks Blues Festival, Binic, France

July 27, 2018- Binic Folks Blues Festival, Binic, France

July 24, 2018- Relache #9, Salle Des Fetes Bordeuax Grand-Parc, Bordeaux, France (w/Mr. Airplane Man, Dirty Deep, and Endless Boogie)

July 22, 2018- Le Galion, Lorient, France

July 21, 2018- Le Petit Bain, Paris, France (w/Mr. Airplane Man and Endless Boogie)

July 15, 2018- Bluesberry Cafe, Clarksdale, MS

July 13, 2018- Levon's, Clarksdale, MS

July 12, 2018- The Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale, MS

July 10, 2018- Hambone Art Gallery, Clarksdale, MS

July 6, 2018- Nightfall Concert Series, Chattanooga, TN

June 30, 2018- Bluesberry Cafe, Clarksdale, MS

June 29, 2018- Hey Joe's, Cleveland, MS

June 2, 2018- Hambone Art Gallery, Clarksdale, MS

June 1, 2018- The New Roxy Theater (Goatfest V), Clarksdale, MS (w/ Dirty Deep)

May 31, 2018- Martin's Lounge, Jackson, MS (w/ Dirty Deep)

May 29, 2018- The Portside Lounge, New Orleans, LA (w/ Dirty Deep)

May 28, 2018- The Nick, Birmingham, AL (w/ Dirty Deep)

May 27, 2018- The Star Community Bar (Bubbapalooza), Atlanta, GA (w/ Dirty Deep)

May 26, 2018- JJ's Bohemia, Chattanooga, TN (w/ Dirty Deep)

May 25, 2018- Gottrocks, Greenville, SC (w/ Dirty Deep)

Apr. 20, 2018- The Star Community Bar, Atlanta, GA (w/ Bad Friend and Dex Romweber)

Apr. 18, 2018- The Crying Wolf, Nashville, TN (w/ The Hellfire Revival and Left Lane Cruiser)

Apr. 14, 2018- Off Broadway (War Goat Festival), St. Louis, MO

Apr. 13, 2018- The Mporium Art Space, Champaign, IL (w/ The Maness Brothers and The Dry Look)

Apr. 12, 2018- The Live Wire Lounge, Chicago, IL

Apr. 11, 2018- The Lift, Dubuque, IA

Apr. 8, 2018- Frank's Powerplant, Milawaukee, WI

Apr. 7, 2018- The Lyric Room, Green Bay, WI (w/ The Maness Brothers and 20 Watt Tombstone)

Apr. 6, 2018- The Polack Inn, Wausau, WI (w/ The Maness Brothers and 20 Watt Tombstone)

Apr. 5, 2018- The Hook and Ladder, Minneapolis, MN

Apr. 4, 2018- Bayport BBQ, Bayport, MN

Apr. 1, 2018- The Brass Rail, Fort Wayne, IN

Mar. 31, 2018- The Village Idiot, Maumee, OH

Mar. 20, 2018- The Clinton House, Port Clinton, OH

Mar. 29, 2018- Steiner's Speakeasy, Chillicothe, OH

Mar. 28, 2018- Junker's Tavern, Cincinnati, OH

Mar. 17, 2018- Druid City Brewing, Tuscaloosa, AL

Mar. 16, 2018- The Nick, Birmingham, AL

Mar. 10, 2018- Big Apple Cafe, Murray, KY

Mar. 9, 2018- Katie's Basement (house show), Murray, KY

Mar. 3, 2018- JJ's Bohemia, Chattanooga, TN

Feb. 24, 2018- Moe's Original BBQ, Chattanooga, TN

Jan. 13, 2018- Moe's Original BBQ, Chattanooga, TN

Dec. 29, 2017- JJ's Bohemia, Chattanooga, TN

Dec. 22, 2017- Hambone Art Gallery, Clarksdale, MS

Dec. 20, 2017- Firehouse Bar & Grill, Abilene, TX

Dec. 19, 2017- Leftwoods, Amarillo, TX

Dec. 15, 2017- The Arcadia Blues Club, Los Angeles, CA

Dec. 14, 2017- The Torch Club, Sacramento, CA

Dec. 12, 2017- The Space, Salem, OR

Dec. 11, 2017- Treehouse Cafe, Bainbridge Island, WA

Dec. 9, 2017- The Haul, Grant's Pass, OR

Dec. 8, 2017- Wildwood Hotel, Willamina, OR

Dec. 7, 2017- Art Boutiki, San Jose, CA

Dec. 3, 2017- Pixels, Riverside, CA

Dec. 2, 2017- The Pit Stop Bar, Barstow, CA

Dec. 1, 2017- The City Pub, San Diego, CA

Nov. 30, 2017- The Bancroft Bar, Spring Valley, CA

Nov. 28, 2017- Art Obscura, Las Cruces, NM

Nov. 26, 2017- The Door, Dallas, TX

Nov. 25, 2017- Levon's, Clarksdale, MS

Nov. 20, 2017- JJ's Bohemia, Chattanooga, TN

Nov. 18, 2017- Sidetracks, Hunsville, AL (opening for Southern Culture on the Skids)

Nov. 17, 2017- Rooster's Blues House, Oxford, MS

Nov. 10, 2017- JJ's Bohemia, Chattanooga, TN (Album release show, w/Uncle Lightnin')

Nov. 4, 2017- O'mainnin's Pub, Bristol, TN

Nov. 3, 2017- Acoustic Coffee House, Johnson City, TN

Nov. 2, 2017- BT's, Radford, VA

Oct. 28, 2017- Barking Legs Theater (Richard Winham celebration), Chattanooga, TN

Oct. 27, 2017- Big Apple Cafe, Murray, KY

Oct. 20, 2017- Rooster's Blues House, Oxford, MS

Oct. 14, 2017- Levon's, Clarksdale, MS

Oct. 14, 2017- Delta Blues Alley Cafe, Clarksdale, MS

Oct. 14, 2017- Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art, Clarksdale, MS

Oct. 13, 2017- Hey Joe's, Cleveland, MS

Oct. 13, 2017- Delta Blues Alley Cafe, Clarksdale, MS

Oct. 12, 2017- The Shack Up Inn (Deep Blues Festival), Clarksdale, MS

Sep. 23, 2017- Vonnettaroo (private party), Whitwell, TN

Sep. 16, 2017- Revelry Room, Chattanooga, TN (opening for Southern Culture on the Skids)

Sep. 14, 2017- Moe's Original BBQ, Chattanooga, TN

Sep. 09, 2017- O'Mainnin's Pub, Bristol, TN

Sep. 02, 2017- Muddy Roots Music Festival, Cookeville, TN

Sep. 01, 2017- Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis, MO

Aug. 31, 2017- Big Apple Cafe, Murray, KY

Aug. 26, 2017- Foro Indie Rocks-Mexico City, Mexico (w/ James Leg)

Aug. 25, 2017- Foro Independencia, Guadalajara, Mexico (w/ James Leg)

Aug. 20, 2017- Darkest Before Dawn Music Festival, Cookeville, TN

Aug. 19, 2017- BT's Restaurant, Radford, VA

Aug. 18, 2017- Fellini's- Charlottesville, VA

Aug. 16, 2017- The Stomping Ground, Putnam, CT

Aug. 15, 2017- The Anchor, Kingston, NY

Aug. 14, 2017- The Warehouse, Syracuse, NY

Aug. 13, 2017- The Tudor Lounge, Buffalo, NY

Aug. 12, 2017- The Wherehouse, Newburgh, NY

Aug. 11, 2017- Tom's Bullpen, Dover, DE

Aug. 10, 2017- The Sycamore Deli, Blacksburg, VA

July 22, 2017- The Office, Chattanooga, TN

July 14, 2017- Growlers Pub, Memphis, TN

July 13, 2017- Terrapin Station Records, Murray, KY

July 08, 2017- The Bluff Bash (Private Party) Rising Fawn, GA (w/ The Dead Deads)

July 05, 2017- Sluggo's, Chattanooga, TN

June 04, 2017- Goat Fest, Clarksdale, MS (@ Levon's)

June 03, 2017- Goat Fest, Clarksdale, MS (@ The Shack Up Inn)

June 02, 2017- The Thirsty Devil, Tupelo, MS

June 01, 2017- Sidetracks, Huntsville, AL

May 29, 2017- Druid City Brewing, Tuscaloosa, AL

May 28, 2017- JJ's Bohemia, Chattanooga, TN

May 24, 2017- The Basement, Nashville, TN

May 21, 2017- The Wherehouse, Newburgh, NY

May 20, 2017- Olive's, Nyack, NY

May 19, 2017- Jimmy's Saloon, Newport, RI

May 18, 2017- Lake Drum Brewing Co., Geneva, NY

May 17, 2017- Funk 'n' Waffles, Syracuse, NY

May 13, 2017- The Anchor, Kingston, NY

May 12, 2017- Pauley's Hotel, Albany, NY

May 11, 2017- House of Brews, Long Island, NY

May 10, 2017- The Stomping Ground, Putnam, CT

May 07, 2017- The Wherehouse, Newburgh, NY

May 01, 2017- WDVX Blue Plate Special, Knoxville, TN

April 29, 2017- Tremont Tavern, Chattanooga, TN

April 15, 2017- The Honest Pint, Chattanooga, TN (w/ Richard Lloyd Group)

April 06, 2017- Junker's Tavern, Cincinnati, OH 

April 04, 2017- The Brass Rail, Ft. Wayne, IN

April 02, 2017- The Lift, Dubuque, IA

April 01, 2017- The Lyric Room, Green Bay, WI

March 31, 2017- Polack Inn, Wasau, WI (w/ 20 Watt Tombstone)

March 30, 2017- Hook & Ladder, Minneapolis, MN (w/ 20 Watt Tombstone)

March 29, 2017- Bayport BBQ, Bayport, MN

March 28, 2017- The Red Herring, Duluth, MN

March 25, 2017- Vaudeville Mews, Des Moines, IA

March 24, 2017- Buffalo Records, Kearney, NE

March 23, 2017- Forge Publick House, Ft. Collins, CO

March 22, 2017- One Eyed Buffalo, Thermopolis, WY

March 18, 2017- The Galley, Lopez Island, WA

March 17, 2017- Central Saloon, Seattle, WA

March 16, 2017- The Treehouse, Bainbridge Island, WA

March 15, 2017- Dante's, Portland, OR

March 13, 2017- Trillium Cafe, Hood River, OR

March 12, 2017- Wildwood Hotel, Willimina, OR

March 11, 2017- G Street Bar & Grill, Grants Pass, OR

March 09, 2017- Aptos Street BBQ, Santa Cruz, CA

March 07, 2017- The Torch Club, Sacramento, CA

March 06, 2017- Redwood Bar, Los Angeles, CA

March 04, 2017- Leftwood's, Amarillo, TX

March 03, 2017- Shipping & Receiving, Ft. Worth, TX

March 02, 2017- Hey Joe's, Cleveland, MS

March 01, 2017- Happy Hour @The Chapel (Shack Up Inn), Clarksdale, MS

Feb. 28, 2017- The Thirsty Devil, Tupelo, MS

Feb. 25, 2017- Hambone Art Gallery, Clarksdale, MS

Feb. 24, 2017- Murphy's Lounge, Memphis, TN

Feb. 19, 2017- Sluggo's, Chattanooga, TN (All Ages Record Release!)

Feb. 17, 2017- JJ's Bohemia, Chattanooga, TN (Record Release Party!)

Feb. 10, 2017- Tremont Tavern, Chattanooga, TN

Feb. 03, 2017- Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO

Jan. 06, 2017- The Office, Chattanooga, TN