Leland, Mississippi, bluesman/folk-artist Pat Thomas is the son of a famous Son — James "Son" Thomas — and one of my favorite Delta blues "characters." He is lovely. Pat grew up one of 13 children. He and two brothers helped their father make/finish his folk-art clay heads for researchers/collectors towards the end of Son's life, but only Pat picked up the archaic, country blues music of his dad. He continues to create folk art and blues music to this day. His so-called "cathead" drawings are, in fact, one of the influences that lead to my own store name, "Cat Head," which in turn inspired the name of a tasty regional beverage, "Cathead Vodka" (that's Pat's cathead drawing on their label). His music? Well, he is very much the spitting image of his father, even as he adds some beautiful (and in one case humorous) originals to his dad's canon. Not for "blues-rock" fans, but recommended for fans of authentic, culturally-connected acoustic blues. - Roger Stolle, Cat Head
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