The Mississippi Blues Society of Indianola recently presented Jimmy "Duck" Holmes with the 2019 "Blues Artist of the Year" Award at the 20th Annual Highway 61 Blues Festival in Leland.
Holmes' efforts in keeping the blues alive consist of running the Blue Front Cafe' in Bentonia, which has been marked as a destination on the Mississippi Blues Trail. Each year Holmes celebrates the Blue Front Cafe's anniversary and also brings the Bentonia Blues Festival to life every summer for blues fans to enjoy and make memories.
Holmes' contributions to documentaries, tour groups, and other visitors to Bentonia, ensure that the blues will continue to live on through future generations. He was also featured on a recent postage stamp as a tribute to Mississippi's blues heritage.