Friday, March 26, 2010
There's very little argument that Mississippi is the home of the blues, right? Other places like Memphis or Chicago might try to claim it, but most of their musicians came from Mississippi. Actually, lots of other styles of music could claim roots in the Magnolia State, but since this blog is called Friday BLUES Fix, we'll focus on the blues. Let's look at a few of the current artists that are keeping the blues alive in Mississippi.
Holmes owns the Blue Front Cafe, a true blues landmark located in Bentonia, and has recorded three discs for Broke and Hungry Records over the past few years. While he plays in the Bentonia style, his vocals are a bit deeper than both James' and Owens'. Here's a clip of Holmes playing on the mock porch at the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas during the Mother's Best Festival in the mid 2000's, around the time of his first release, Back To Bentonia.
Of course, there are many other Mississippi blues musicians keeping the faith.....people like Jesse Robinson, Super Chikan, Pat Thomas, T-Model Ford, Terry "Big T" Williams, and Terry "Harmonica" Bean. We will be checking out all of these folks and many others in upcoming weeks.