Jimmy "Duck" Holmes - "CYPRESS GROVE" - CD
Get the record everyone is talking about! 72-year-old bluesman Jimmy “Duck” Holmes’ new album, Cypress Grove, captures the raw, explosive sound of real Mississippi Juke-Joint Blues today. Recorded and produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys on his label Easy Eye Sound, Cypress Grove is an aural postcard of a typical Friday night at Holmes’ Blue Front Café, America’s longest operating juke joint. The album is anchored by tradition — which is natural, since Holmes is the last of the original torchbearers of the rural style known as Bentonia blues—but it’s also explosive, raw, and unpredictably in the moment.
"Make No Mistake: Jimmy Duck Holmes is a major blues figure, the most important active performer in the country blues tradition.” And "Brilliant." - Paste Magazine
"Thumping slice of Bentonia blues, performed with greasy grit and minor-key menace by one of the genre's unsung heroes." - Rolling Stone Country
"Highly addictive, this is traditional blues done the real way, for today.... Awards are due." - Elmore Magazine
"This is blues the straight up & low down way, with Mississippi mud in the grooves & a lot of hard luck life running through." - Americana Highways
"A recording in which power and gravity evolves; a vintage Excello sound; spare and raw, emotive, deep in the groove." - All About Jazz