Jimmy "Duck" Holmes: Gonna Get Old Someday


Gonna Get Old Someday


Jimmy "Duck" Holmes (guitar, vocals)


Gonna Get Old Someday (Fat Possum BLM 205)

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Jimmy "Duck" Holmes (guitar, vocals).

Composed by Jimmy “Duck” Holmes


Recorded: Pluto Farm, Mississippi, 2003


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Back in the 1920s, record labels scoured the South for blues and roots musicians, undertaking dozens of field trips into remote locations where few industry scouts had previously ventured. Today, the Fat Possum label of Oxford, Mississippi, is still following that recipe, and its commitment to seeking out neglected blues talent off the beaten track has resulted in some of the most exciting CDs of the last decade-and-a-half.

This recording of Jimmy "Duck" Holmes is raw and heartfelt, and is a worthy addition to the Fat Possum stable . . . and your CD collection. Holmes hails from Bentonia, Mississippi, and as such is often linked to Bentonia's most famous native son, bluesman Skip James (1902-1969). But this dark and throbbing track has more stylistic affinities to Northern Mississippi icons R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough (two past masters linked to the Fat Possum label), dearly departed guitarists who proved that a one-man band could dig deeper grooves than the latest model tractor from the John Deere dealership . Holmes does the same, and his plaintive wail here makes Skip James look like an aesthete by comparison. If you like your blues al dente, without a lot of polish and producer "enhancements," this music will fit the bill.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia


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