Thu., Jan. 05, 2017 ''That's Skippy.''    -- Jack Owens
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    Welcome to bentoniablues.com

    It’s the Real Deal! (...and a real time warp.)

    Blue Front Café, porch shot during 2008 Bentonia Blues Festival(TM)

    photo by Mark Blasingame

    Bentonia, Mississippi: where the Bentonia School of Delta Blues originiated and location of the world famous Blue Front Café

    Bentonia is Blues uniqueness and prolificity. Henry Stuckey, Skip James, Jack Owens, Jimmy “Duck” Holmes, Benjamin “Bud” Spires, Jacob Stuckey, Cornelius Bright, etc., honed (the extant continue…) their craft in & around the Blue Front Café.

    Current Blues artists continue the trend. For example, the Original Harlem Slim, Tito Deler, on his way to Bentonia:

    The Original Harlem Slim, Tito Deler, on his way to Bentonia. Tito Deler will be back for the 45th Annual Bentonia Blues Festival June 12 - 16, 2017, at the Blue Front Café and June 17, 2017, for a full day of music at Jimmy “Duck” Holmes’ farm!

    Tito Deler will be back for the 45th Annual Bentonia Blues Festival June 12 - 16, 2017, at the Blue Front Café and June 17, 2017, for a full day of music at Jimmy “Duck” Holmes’ farm!

    Okay, can we all shout BENTONIA?!! With typical bureaucratic embellishment, the US Postal Service announces Mississippi’s bicentenary stamp with none other than Jimmy “Duck” Holmes’ (owner of Bentonia’s Blue Front Café, https://www.facebook.com/bluefrontrecords/?fref=ts, https://www.facebook.com/bluefrontcafeblues/) hands and guitar in a photo by Lou Bopp. Epic.

    1817-2017 Mississippi Statehood commemorative stamp featuring Jimmy “Duck” Holmes’ hands and guitar in a photo by Lou Bopp.

    top photo by Lou Bopp

    UPDATE – Thu., January 5, 2017, ~10 AM
    Just got off the phone with the USPS Mississippi Public Relations person. The 1817-2017 Mississippi Statehood stamp will first be available on Fri., March 31, 2017. There will be a first day issue ceremony that day “…on the coast in either Biloxi or Gulfport.” Apparently, the exact time and location has not been set.

    1817-2017 Mississippi Statehood commemorative stamp featuring Jimmy “Duck” Holmes’ hands and guitar in a photo by Lou Bopp.

    photo by Lou Bopp

    When the stamps (…featuring Jimmy “Duck” Holmes’ hands and guitar) go on sale, you can buy them online (...or at your local Post Office).

    Here’s a tip:
    If you have a Bentonia, Mississsippi, address and buy any stamps online and have the stamps delivered to your Bentonia address or P.O. Box, the local Bentonia Post Office gets credit for the sale! This is very important because all rural Post Offices are constantly at risk of being closed due to USPS cutbacks!!




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    Revised: Thu., Jan. 05, 2017, 11:55:45 AM