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Gravedigger, sculptor and American Delta blues musician James “Son” Thomas was “a Mississippi bluesman to the core,” according to his writeup at AllAboutBluesMusic.com. “His guitar playing, with its vigorous boogies and delicate fingerpicking passages, and his sweet-toned but heartfelt vocals, he left us with some of the deepest, dirtiest blues of the modern era.” Here’s a cool story from someone who met him in his hometown of “Leland, Mississippi.” Born in Yazoo County, Mississippi, on this day in 1926, he performed almost up until his death in 1993. Here he is doing “Early One Morning Blues” and “It Hurts Me Too.”