Mike Munson - "ROSE HILL" - LP
Featured Musician - Mike Munson
We had been luring Mike Munson to record his next album under Blue Front Records ever since Mike opened for Jimmy during a tour of Minnesota and Wisconsin in July 2015. Appropriately, that first show was in Mike’s hometown of Winona, MN along the banks of the Mississippi River just off US 61 – the Blues Highway. When Mike open his set with a Jack Owens song, Jimmy stopped what he was doing, listened intently and then leaned over to me and said, “Listen to that. He plays that like Jack. I’ve never heard anyone else who could play it like that.” At the end of the song, he turned and said, “He's got to be our next record. Talk to him. Make it happen.” Three years later, we are absolutely thrilled to release Rose Hill by Mike Munson on November 1, 2018. Recorded in the oldest surviving juke joint, the Blue Front Cafe in Bentonia, MS, where Henry Stuckey, Skip James, Jack Owens, Cornelius Bright, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes and others developed the haunting and distinctive Bentonia Blues sound, this album is steeped in the Bentonia and Delta Blues traditions of Mississippi and the folk blues traditions of Minnesota. Munson combined these unique traditions from each end of the Blues Highway into a complex and compelling album.Rose Hill - by Mike Munson
Blue Front Record's Story
Blue Front Records was formed to preserve, develop and promote Bentonia, Delta and other country Blues. Our mission is to record current blues musicians, support the development of new and younger blues musicians and to uncover lost recordings of unknown and legendary country Blues musicians. The inaugural album, "It Is What It Is" by Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, was recorded in the Blue Front Café and represents the standards of authenticity and quality which we will always strive to achieve in each and every offering. "Rose Hill" by Mike Munson, also recorded at the Blue Front Cafe, continues that tradition by offering a new and deeply authentic voice to the Blues.
"Make No Mistake: Jimmy Duck Holmes is a major blues figure, the most important active performer in the country blues tradition."
If you like your blues evil, down and dirty, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes is your man.
"His themes are dark and moody, and his guitar work is simple yet stunning, building a hypnotic reverie on each track.
Holmes … proves that the real blues are indeed not dead and buried. If you’re a deep blues fan, this is an essential modern recording.”
“His originals are as low-down as anything by Son House, Charlie Patton, or even Robert Johnson. Holmes is the heir to such blues and deserves a pedestal so more people can hear the real thing.”