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Jimmy "Duck" Holmes Jimmy "Duck" Holmes

Jimmy “Duck” Holmes (born July 28, 1947) is an American blues musician and proprietor of the Blue Front Cafe on the Mississippi Blues Trail, the oldest surviving juke joint in Mississippi. Holmes is known as the last of the Bentonia bluesmen, as he is the last blues musician to play the Bentonia School. Like Skip James and Jack Owens and other blues musicians from Bentonia, Mississippi, Holmes learned to play the blues from Henry Stuckey, the originator of the Bentonia blues. Holmes' music is based in the Bentonia tuning utilizing open E-minor, open D-minor and a down tuned variant, and is noted for its haunting, ethereal, rhythmic and hypnotic qualities. His eighth and most current album, It Is What It Is, on Blue Front Records has been praised by fans and music critics who have called it: “addictive” and “obsession worthy,” “as gritty, stark and raw as one could imagine” and “absolutely hypnotic,” and “an essential modern recording.”


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