Bury Him at the Crossroads

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/7/2004
  • Label: Northern Blues
  • UPC: 809509002221
  • Catalog Number: 22
  • Sales rank: 73,945

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
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