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Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

Jimmy “Duck” Holmes

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“Make No Mistake: Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes is a major blues figure, the most important active performer in the country blues tradition.” – Paste Magazine

 “Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes sings with a deep soulful phrasing.” – New York Times Review

 “Command performance … hypnotic … perfect … when you can get your hands on something this legendary, you do it, without hesitation.” – American Blues Scene Magazine

 His themes are dark and moody, and his guitar work is simple yet stunning, building a hypnotic reverie on each track. Holmes … proves that the real blues are indeed not dead and buried. If you’re a deep blues fan, this is an essential modern recording.” – Vintage Guitar Magazine

 “His originals are as low-down as anything by Son House, Charlie Patton, or even Robert Johnson. Holmes is the heir to such blues and deserves a pedestal so more people can hear the real thing.” – Classicalite Magazine

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Jimmy “Duck” Holmes is the embodiment of raw country blues as one of the most original and uncompromising acoustic blues musicians playing today. From his first, Back to Bentonia (2006), to his most recent, It Is What It Is (2016), Duck’s albums have won numerous blues music awards from the Blues Foundation, the Living Blues Critics, and other organizations, and been named to annual top ten blues albums by NPR, Paste Magazine, Living Blues and others.

Duck and his rhythmic and haunting minor-tuned blues have been featured in numerous documentaries and programs by the BBC, Netflix, and independents including last year’s acclaimed documentary I am the Blues. Duck’s importance as a blues musician was recently recognized when the State of Mississippi featured him on the Mississippi Bi-Centennial Forever Stamp issued by the United States Postal Service. Duck has developed fans across the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and South America through appearances various festivals and by attracting fans to Bentonia, Miss. for the past 46 years to the Bentonia Blues Festival, held the week ending on the third Saturday in June each year. In 2018, Duck is scheduled to release a new album he recorded in Bolivia and a new album he recorded with the Southern Americana-Punk band, the Dexateens.

Duck is referred to as the “Last of the Bentonia Bluesmen” since he is the last direct musical descendent of Henry Stuckey, Skip James and Jack Owens. After Henry Stuckey and Skip James passed, Jack Owens continued Jimmy’s instruction while the two would sit and play at the Blue Front Café, the oldest surviving juke joint in Mississippi. Started in 1948 by Jimmy “Duck” Holmes’ parents, Jimmy took over the old juke in 1970. The local blues musicians would meet at the Blue Front, shoot pool, have a few drinks and play for each other. Today, Blues fans from all over the world travel to the Blue Front to soak in its history and hear authentic Blues from Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and others.

Best Debut Album – Living Blues Awards for Back to Bentonia (2006);
Best Acoustic/Traditional Blues Album – Living Blues Awards for
Back to Bentonia (2006);
Acoustic Album of the Year – Blues Music Awards for
Done Got Tired of Tryin’ (2007)
Living Blues Critics Choice Award for New Traditional & Acoustic Recording for It Is What It Is (2017)

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