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Fourth annual Blues in the Schools program to
feature Mississippi bluesman Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes April 9
March 31, 2010
Fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students at Jonesboro Visual and
Performing Arts Magnet School will experience a special blues program on
Friday, April 9, at 2 p.m. The program, in conjunction with Arkansas
State University’s Delta Symposium
XVI, will feature blues guitarist and vocalist
Jimmy “Duck” Homes. A
of Bentonia, Mississippi, Holmes plays in the distinctive style of local
blues legends Skip James
Jack Owens, and he operates one of the oldest “juke joints” in the
state, Bentonia’s Blue Front Cafe, the rural
juke joint that Holmes and his family have operated since 1948.
"Duck" Holmes burst onto the international blues scene in 2006 with his
debut CD, “Back to Bentonia,” released on
Broke and Hungry Records.
That disc was followed by Holmes’ 2007, “Done Got Tired of Tryin’,”
(Broke and Hungry Records) which was nominated for a Blues Music Award
as Acoustic Album of the Year. He released ”Ain’t it Lonesome” in
October 2009 on Broke and Hungry Records. Holmes was also featured in
the award-winning film M for
Mississippi: A Road Trip through the Birthplace of the Blues. While
much of “Ain’t it Lonesome” was recorded at the Blue Front Cafe,
additional tracks were recorded at Bill Abel’s Big Toe Studio in Duncan,
Known for his haunting acoustic original songs (“My Baby’s Gone,”
“Nightmare,” and “Done Got Tired of Tryin’”), Holmes has released
several searing electrical performances as well, like “All Night Long”
and “Tell Me, Woman.” Listen
to Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes at MySpace Music. Holmes is listed in the
Mississippi Folklife Folk Artist Directory, a project of the
Mississippi Arts Commission.
Holmes also works as an educator and will be joined for the Blues in the
Schools presentation by Dr. Mike Luster of the Arkansas Folklife
Program. Holmes will be in
Jonesboro as a part of ASU-Jonesboro’s
Delta Symposium XVI: Region and the
Politics of Culture. Holmes will make a public appearance on
Saturday, April 10, in the afternoon at
Bluegrass Morning/Blues Bash
Afternoon, the free music festival and Delta Symposium XVI’s
finale. Bluegrass Morning/Blues Bash Afternoon will be held on the
Heritage Plaza lawn on the east side of ASU’s Reng Student Services
Center/Student Union, 101 N. Caraway Road, Jonesboro. In case of rain,
the festival will move inside to the ASU Student Union Auditorium.
Bluegrass Morning/Blues Bash Afternoon will also feature
Bill Abel and 'blues
harmonica player and vocalist
'Cadillac' John Nolden, as well as bluegrass bands
Tennessee Boltsmokers and
2 Mule Plow.
The program at Jonesboro Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School is
part of an on-going effort to bring to bring blues, jazz, bluegrass, and
other forms of vernacular music to Arkansas school children. The program
is presented under the auspices of the Arkansas Folklife Program, with
special support from ASU’s Office of Diversity and the National
Endowment for the Arts.
For more information contact Dr.
Mike Luster, Arkansas Folklife Program (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Megan Harrell, Hillcrest Elementary, (870-033-5830).
Photos, from top:
Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes outside the Blue Front Cafe;
photo courtesy of Broke
and Hungry Records.
Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes performs at the 2007 Chicago Blues Festival.
Mississippi Folklife and Folk Artist Directory.
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