Jimmy “Duck” Holmes & Phil Wiggins & Blues House Party
Legendary blues guitarist Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and blues harmonica wizard Phil Wiggins & Blues House Party will bring their prodigious talents to Floyd Country Store, 206 S. Locust St. in Floyd on Saturday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m. This extraordinary event is part of The Crooked Road’s 2018 Mountains of Music Homecoming.
Bentonia, Mississippi native Jimmy “Duck” Holmes grew up playing the particular style of Delta Blues associated with his hometown, following early blues masters Skip James and Jack Owens. As well as singing his own compositions, Holmes performs from a repertoire of classic local blues, as well as owning and operating the Blue Front Café, the oldest juke joint in Mississippi, which was opened by his parents in 1946. He has released a number of albums and was recently featured in the award-winning Canadian documentary I Am The Blues in 2015.
Renowned harmonica player and NEA National Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins leads the Washington, D.C. based Blues House Party in new and classic Piedmont-style blues. Wiggins has performed alongside a Who’s Who of blues artists including John Cephas, Sunnyland Slim and Robert Belfour. With House Party he is joined by Rick Franklin (guitar and vocals), Marcus Moore (fiddle) and Junious Brickhouse (dance).
Tickets to this event are available online at www.mtnsofmusic.com and locally at the Floyd Country Store (540) 745-4563. Tickets cost $20 in advance, $25 after May 31, and $12 for children 12 and under.
The Mountains of Music Homecoming is an extraordinary nine-day music and cultural showcase event that stretches across the three hundred and thirty miles of The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. With 24 featured concerts, three culinary based Feastival events, and over 70 cultural events, the Mountains of Music Homecoming encourages travelers to follow the music through the heart of The Crooked Road Region.
The 68-page Official Guide to the Mountains of Music Homecoming is now available at Southwest Virginia public libraries; Southwest Virginia branches of the Bank of Marion, New Peoples Bank, and Union Bank and Trust; all Virginia Welcome Centers; and many visitor centers and tourism offices throughout Southwest Virginia.
For tickets, schedules and complete information about all Mountains of Music Homecoming concerts and cultural events, visit www.mtnsofmusic.com.