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James "Son" Thomas (October 14, 1926 – June 26, 1993) was an Delta blues musician, gravedigger and sculptor from Leland, Mississippi.  Thomas was known as a folk artist for his sculptures made from un-fired clay which he dug out of the banks of the Yazoo River. His most famous sculpted images were skulls (often featuring actual human teeth) which mirrored his job as a gravedigger. Interesting that many blues artist were gravediggers at some point in their lives...

James "Son" Thomas (October 14, 1926 – June 26, 1993) was an Delta blues musician, gravedigger and sculptor from Leland, Mississippi. Thomas was known as a folk artist for his sculptures made from un-fired clay which he dug out of the banks of the Yazoo River. His most famous sculpted images were skulls (often featuring actual human teeth) which mirrored his job as a gravedigger. Interesting that many blues artist were gravediggers at some point in their lives...

James "Son" Thomas. Mississippi Delta blues guitarist and sculptor of heads with human teeth. Youtube him playing... mesmerizing.

James "Son" Thomas. Mississippi Delta blues guitarist and sculptor of heads with human teeth. Youtube him playing... mesmerizing.

Thomas' playing was not sufficient to earn a basic living. For the majority of his life he earned his living as a gravedigger.

Thomas' playing was not sufficient to earn a basic living. For the majority of his life he earned his living as a gravedigger.

James "Son" Thomas - Souls Grow Deep Foundation Curated by theblueswoods.com Portraits of the #Blues Icons depicted on #reclaimed #wood

James "Son" Thomas - Souls Grow Deep Foundation Curated by theblueswoods.com Portraits of the #Blues Icons depicted on #reclaimed #wood

Black Skull with Sunglasses by James "Son" Thomas / American Art Curated by theblueswoods.com Portraits of the #Blues Icons depicted on #reclaimed #wood

Black Skull with Sunglasses by James "Son" Thomas / American Art Curated by theblueswoods.com Portraits of the #Blues Icons depicted on #reclaimed #wood

Cotton Row Street in Leland, #Mississippi Delta (1939 Nov)

Cotton Row Street in Leland, #Mississippi Delta (1939 Nov)

Eddie Cusic and James 'Son' Thomas Curated by theblueswoods.com Portraits of the #Blues Icons depicted on #reclaimed #wood

Eddie Cusic and James 'Son' Thomas Curated by theblueswoods.com Portraits of the #Blues Icons depicted on #reclaimed #wood

Scott Dunbar playing guitar on his porch, Lake Mary, Mississippi 1968. photo by William R. Ferris

Scott Dunbar playing guitar on his porch, Lake Mary, Mississippi 1968. photo by William R. Ferris

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