Sophomore CD expands on strengths of critically acclaimed debut, Back to
ST. LOUIS A year after the release of his critically lauded debut CD,
blues guitarist Jimmy “Duck” Holmes returns with a second slab of deep
country blues. Done Got Tired of Tryin’ features 10 new songs performed in
the haunting Bentonia, Mississippi style of Holmes’ predecessors, Skip
James and Jack Owens. But Holmes also incorporates strong rhythmic
elements into his music, thanks to the rousing accompaniment of drummer
Lightnin’ Malcolm on several tracks.
The songs on Done Got Tired of Tryin’ stem from two recording sessions
held at the Blue Front Café, the rural juke joint Jimmy’s family has
operated since 1948. The juke is believed to be the oldest operating juke
joint in Mississippi. The CD includes Holmes’ interpretations of several
blues classics including “Catfish Blues,” “Train I Ride” and the Bentonia
classic, “Cherry Ball.” The remaining tracks spotlight Holmes’ powerful
songwriting. Tracks such as “Pencil and Paper” and “Biscuit Roller”
display a songwriting voice as strong as any in the country blues world
Done Got Tired of Tryin’, like Holmes’ debut Back to Bentonia, will be
released by St. Louis-based Broke & Hungry Records. The label also is
responsible for Searching for Odell Harris, the debut from 66-year-old
Odell Harris and Meet Me in the Cotton Field by Clarksdale blues veterans
Terry “Big T” Williams and Wesley “Junebug” Jefferson.
Done Got Tired of Tryin’ will be available from the Broke
& Hungry Records Web site www.brokeandhungryrecords.com
beginning Tuesday, May 29, 2007 and at fine retailers worldwide
later in the summer.
Holmes will be performing songs from both of his CDs during several
high-profile festival appearances in the coming months, including the
Shannon Street Blues Festival in Jackson, Tennessee; the Chicago Blues
Festival; and the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival in Davenport, Iowa.
Holmes also will be performing at several summer festivals in Mississippi,
including his own Bentonia Blues Festival on Saturday, June 16, 2007.
For more information on this exciting release, contact Jeff
Konkel of Broke & Hungry Records at 314.304.8928 or by
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.