Anybody who spends any time at Stubby's knows I love the Blues. And, obviously, I love Christmas music. So, whenever those two collide, I'm beside myself with Christmas joy.
Broke & Hungry Records has just released this Christmas single from Jimmy "Duck" Holmes on a red vinyl 7" 45rpm record. The "A" side is a "Duck" original, "Christmas Alone", while the flip features Jimmy's down-home take on "Merry Christmas, Baby". The single can be purchased separately or in a wide assortment of 45/CD combo packs direct from Broke & Hungry records.
Born in 1947, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes is the last of the great Bentonia Bluesmen, a style of delta blues named after the Mississippi town that gave us Skip James. Holmes is the proprietor of Bentonia's Blue Front Cafe, possibly the oldest juke joint in Mississippi having been opened for business by the Holmes family in 1948. All the great Bentonia Bluesmen played there--Jack Owens, Henry Stuckey, Skip James, etc.--as did many a traveling Bluesman.
"Christmas Alone"/"Merry Christmas Baby" is available through the Broke & Hungry web store for $7, plus $3 shipping and handling. Among the combo packages available, you can get all three of Jimmy "Duck" Holmes' Broke & Hungry CDs and, given the combo's sale price, essentially get the single for $1.