In Mississippi, small-town bluesman keeps aging music alive

BENTONIA, Miss. (AP) – With calloused hands, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes plucks an old acoustic guitar at the juke joint his parents started more than 70 years ago. He checks the cafe’s inventory: jars of pickled eggs, beef jerky, pork hocks. He tends to the wood-burning stove, made from an oil-field pipe. And every morning, he eventually settles in on a stool behind the counter, waiting – hoping – that someone who wants to hear him play will drop in.

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