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Bentonia Bluesman Jimmy “Duck” Holmes Returns With Done Got Tired of Tryin’ on Broke & Hungry Records

Sophomore CD expands on strengths of critically acclaimed debut, Back to Bentonia

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 today.

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 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