Broke and Hungry Records
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Jimmy "Duck" Holmes
Christmas Alone / Merry Christmas, Baby
Broke and Hungry Records
45 rpm 7"
$8

Jimmy “Duck” Holmes seems to be the last guitarist/singer in the Bentonia Mississippi school, made famous by exponents such as Skip James, Jack Owens, and Cornelius Bright. Roughly speaking, it’s haunting, brooding music that found its apex in tunes such as "Hard Time Killing Floor Blues" and "Devil Got My Woman." He also runs the Blue Front Cafe, one of Mississippi's longest running jukes. "Duck's somber yuletide original 'Christmas Alone' is backed with a down-home version of 'Merry Christmas, Baby.'  Available on super cool red vinyl 45 housed in a nifty green sleeve." - Broke & Hungry. Hear a bit of Christmas Alone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXDn5aPlmlU

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Various Artists
M for Mississippi: A Road Trip through the Birthplace of the Blues
Broke and Hungry Records / Cat Head / Mudpuppy
CD
$10

Soundtrack to the DVD, this features 50 Miles friend RL Boyce getting about as free as free can be, the sweet touch of LC Ulmer, Robert “Bilbo” Walker’s heartfelt take on “Bring It On Home,” T-Model Ford and his grandson Stud kicking it out, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes advising us to slow down (I’m trying, Duck!), and plenty more. Some come very obviously out of a particular tradition (Wesley Jefferson reworking “Smokestack Lightning,” Terry “Harmonica” Bean’s slightly more frantic take on a John Lee Hooker / Doctor Ross boogie, etc.) while others are more idiosyncratic.

Track listing:
Big George Brock and the Houserockers – M for Mississippi
The Wesley Jefferson Blues Band – The Wolves are Howling
RL Boyce and Lightnin’ Malcolm – Ain’t It Alright
Terry “Harmonica” Bean – I’m a Bluesman
Jimmy “Duck” Holmes – Slow Down, Slow Down
The Mississippi Marvel and Lightnin’ Malcolm – Black Mattie’s Face
T-Model Ford and Stud – Hip Shakin’ Woman
Cadillac John Nolden and Bill Abel – Give It All to Me, Baby
Pat Thomas – The Woman I Love
The Robert “Bilbo” Walker Band – Bring It On Home
LC Ulmer – Rosalee