Bury Him at the Crossroads

Bury Him at the Crossroads

by Janiva Magness
     
 

Magness, who won a 2004 W.C. Handy Award as Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist, seems cut from the same mold as singers like Lou Ann Barton -- there's a lovely rasp and conviction in her singing that brings sometimes mundane material alive. Working with a small band this time around, she can focus more on her singing, ratherSee more details below

Overview

Magness, who won a 2004 W.C. Handy Award as Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist, seems cut from the same mold as singers like Lou Ann Barton -- there's a lovely rasp and conviction in her singing that brings sometimes mundane material alive. Working with a small band this time around, she can focus more on her singing, rather than becoming lost in the arrangements, and, in fact, it's the acoustic material here that serves her best, such as the interpretation of J.B. Lenoir's "The Whale Has Swallowed Me." At times the ensemble (which features Colin Linden on guitar) sounds a bit like a very professional bar band, but Magness has the class to cut through that and take it all a notch higher. The title track -- presumably a reference to Robert Johnson -- is a beautiful piece of work, haunting in its simplicity, and "The Soul of a Man" shows that the line between blues and soul is blurred indeed (and you could add gospel into that mix). It would be good to hear her with more classic material -- a lot of the songs here are good, but not completely memorable. However, there's no doubt that she deserves her award, and her future looks justifiably rosy.

Read More

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
Label:
Northern Blues
UPC:
0809509002221
catalogNumber:
22
Rank:
94901

Related Subjects

Tracks

Read More

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Janiva Magness   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Richard Bell   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Stephen Hodges   Percussion,Drums
Colin Linden   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jeff Turmes   Banjo,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

J.B. Lenoir   Composer
Delbert McClinton   Composer
Oliver Sain   Composer
Robert Wilkins   Composer
Kim Wilson   Composer
Colin Linden   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Warren "Pete" Moore   Composer
Gary Nicholson   Composer
Jeff Big Dad Turmes   Composer
John Whynot   Mastering
William Robinson   Composer
Samuel Maghett   Composer
Ronald White   Composer
Janiva Magness   Producer,Audio Production

Read More

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >