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Pat Thomas and Art

Leland, MS 2001

Pat Thomas, son of the late delta legend James Ford “Son” Thomas, sits amongst some of his artistic creations at his apartment in Leland, MS. Pat is following in his father’s footsteps. Like his father, Pat has worked at many jobs including grave digging. He spends his time focusing on his father’s music, singing in the same falsetto voice that made “Son” Thomas internationally known. And like his father, Pat is becoming known for his evocative clay sculptures depicting skulls, animals, and “gypsy men” which, according to Thomas, possess supernatural power. His ubiquitous cat head image was the inspiration for the well-known “Cat Head” store in downtown Clarksdale, MS, as well as a popular brand of vodka.

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Pat Thomas "61 Highway"

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