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

Blues Man.


Mark Holder - Guitars, Harp, Vocals

Travis 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



  • December 1 at The City Pub                                                    San Diego, CA
  • December 2 at The Pit Stop Bar                                                         Barstow, CA
  • December 3 at Pixels                                                                 Riverside, CA
  • December 7 at Art Boutiki                                                             San Jose, CA
  • December 8 at The Wildwood Hotel                                              Willamina, OR
  • December 9 at The Haul                                                            Grant's Pass, OR
  • December 11 at The Treehouse Cafe                                     Bainbridge Island, WA
  • December 12 at The Space                                                                 Salem, OR
  • December 14 at The Torch Club                                                       Sacramento, CA
  • December 15 at the Arcadia Blues Club                                               Los Angeles, CA
  • December 19 at Leftwoods                                                       Amarillo, TX
  • December 20 at Firehouse Bar & Grill                                            Abilene, TX
  • December 22 at Hambone Art Gallery                                                  Clarksdale, MS
  • December 29 at JJ's Bohemia (with Stone Cold Fox)                                  Chattanooga, TN
  • January 19 at Tremont Tavern                                                       Chattanooga, TN
  • April 14 at Off Broadway (War Goat Festival)                                         St. Louis, MS 

MORE DATES TO COME FOR OUR U.S. tour, Fall 2017! Stay tuned for details!



Artist Page at Alive Naturalsound Records



past tour dates

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