Blues Routes: Heroes & Tricksters

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Seventeen live performances on this blues compilation, drawn from 1990-1995 recordings that were done for the Folk Masters series distributed by Public Radio International; all of these were recorded at either the Barns of Wolf Trap or Carnegie Hall. There's a lot of variety and numerous styles represented: work songs, folksy songsters, modern electric blues Joe Louis Walker does an eight-minute "Bluesifyin", Delta-styled blues Robert Jr. Lockwood, piano jazz-blues, and more. It's adventurous enough to go off into some detours that aren't strictly blues, but certainly blues-related, as in the zydeco by Boozoo Chavis, the a cappella vocals of the Georgia Sea Island ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Seventeen live performances on this blues compilation, drawn from 1990-1995 recordings that were done for the Folk Masters series distributed by Public Radio International; all of these were recorded at either the Barns of Wolf Trap or Carnegie Hall. There's a lot of variety and numerous styles represented: work songs, folksy songsters, modern electric blues Joe Louis Walker does an eight-minute "Bluesifyin", Delta-styled blues Robert Jr. Lockwood, piano jazz-blues, and more. It's adventurous enough to go off into some detours that aren't strictly blues, but certainly blues-related, as in the zydeco by Boozoo Chavis, the a cappella vocals of the Georgia Sea Island Singers, the jazz violin of Claude Williams, and the New Orleans trad jazz of Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders. Many of the performers were quite elderly when they made their contributions, and while it's great that there is a venue for these guardians of tradition, much of the disc is overly polite in execution. When the White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians come on with their unbridled chants on "Sew, Sew, Sew," the energy and daring really pick up. The go-go music of Rapper Dee, C.J., and Five Gallons of Fun's "My Mind Has No Color/Doing It the Go-Go Way," with percussion performed largely on paint buckets and other found objects, is another ambitious detour worth applauding.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/1999
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074011829
  • Catalog Number: 40118
  • Sales rank: 335,840

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rooster Call - Gandy Dancers (3:59)
  2. 2 John Henry (5:15)
  3. 3 Step It up and Go (2:40)
  4. 4 Flippin' and Floppin' (3:39)
  5. 5 Twenty-Four Hours a Day - Blues Specialists (4:10)
  6. 6 Little Queen of Spades (4:13)
  7. 7 One Dime Blues (3:43)
  8. 8 Blue Tail Fly - Abner Jay (2:33)
  9. 9 Gut Bucket Blues - Don Vappie & The Creole Jazz Serenaders (4:15)
  10. 10 That Certain Someone (4:33)
  11. 11 Harlem Parlor Blues (2:51)
  12. 12 Early in the Morning (3:05)
  13. 13 Sew, Sew, Sew (5:09)
  14. 14 My Mind Has No Color/Doing It the Go-Go Way - Five Gallons Of Fun (4:40)
  15. 15 Hambone, Where You Been? - The Georgia Sea Island Singers (2:24)
  16. 16 Uncle Bud (2:55)
  17. 17 Bluesifyin' - Joe Louis Walker (8:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Etta Baker Guitar, Track Performer
Joe Louis Walker Guitar, Track Performer
Steve Pistorius Piano
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson Electric Guitar, Track Performer
Robert Lockwood Jr. Electric Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Sammy Price Piano, Track Performer
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones Bass
Classie Ballou Jr. Bass
T.D. Bell Electric Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Keter Betts Bass
Boozoo Chavis Vocals, Track Performer, Accordion (Diatonic)
Erbie Bowser Piano, Track Performer
John Cephas Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Charles Chavis Frottoir
Rellis Chavis Drums
James Chirillo Guitar
Keith Clark Drums
Nathaniel Fontenot Guitar
Darryl Johnson Bass Drums
Alan Jones Background Vocals
Carl Jones Saxophone, Vocals
Joseph Jones Background Vocals
Booker T. Laury Piano, Vocals, Track Performer
Len Nichols Bass
Pinetop Perkins Piano, Track Performer
Tony Saunders Bass
Don Vappie Banjo, Track Performer
Phil Wiggins Harmonica, Track Performer
Claude "Fiddler" Williams Violin, Track Performer
Warner Williams Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Wendell Brunious Trumpet
Antoine Gardner Vocals
Curtis Nutall Drums
Charles Taylor Vocals
Boozoo Chavis & the Majic Sounds Track Performer
Mike Eppley Keyboards
Doug Quimby Vocals
Jay Summerour Harmonica
White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians Track Performer
Jennifer Jones Background Vocals
Cornelius Wright Jr. Leader
The Georgia Sea Island Singers Track Performer
Donald Suhor Clarinet
Mel Davis Harmonica
Abner Jay Banjo, Vocals
Reggie Crawford Saxophone
Donald "Duck" Manor Drums
Technical Credits
Paul Johnson Executive Producer
Nick Spitzer Producer, Liner Notes
John Tyler Engineer, Remixing
Anthony Seeger Executive Producer
Pete Reiniger Remixing
Leslie Spitz-Edson Liner Notes
Carol Hardy Artwork
Traditional Composer
Matt Sakakeeny Mastering
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