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I Watched the Devil Die

I Watched the Devil Die

by Chris Cotton
     
 
Ask a group of musicologists what type of music Leadbelly performed, and you're likely to get different responses. Some will categorize his work as folk; others will say Southern country blues. Truth be told, Leadbelly was both of those things -- he was as relevant to folk as Woody Guthrie; he was as relevant

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Ask a group of musicologists what type of music Leadbelly performed, and you're likely to get different responses. Some will categorize his work as folk; others will say Southern country blues. Truth be told, Leadbelly was both of those things -- he was as relevant to folk as Woody Guthrie; he was as relevant to Southern county blues as Charley Patton, Son House, or Robert Johnson. Like Leadbelly, Chris Cotton is clearly an example of an artist whose material has as much to do with folk as it does with the type of rugged, pre-World War II country blues that Patton, House, and Johnson were known for -- and he also gets some inspiration from bluegrass, Appalachian music, and old-time country. I Watched the Devil Die is a very raw, unpretentious, and raggedy album; Cotton obviously identifies -- quite strongly, in fact -- with the earthiest sounds of the '20s, '30s, and '40s. There isn't the slightest hint of slickness on this 2004 recording; nor is there a trace of irony -- and the singer/guitarist is as expressive on his own songs as he is on down-home performances of Blind Willie McTell's "Dying Crapshooter's Blues," Mississippi John Hurt's "Louis Collins," the standard "Bill Bailey," and Skip James' "I'm So Glad" (a tune that many lovers of '60s British Invasion rock associate with Cream). When I Watched the Devil Die is playing, it is evident that Cotton would have no problem telling you what Woody Guthrie had in common with Blind Lemon Jefferson or what Sleepy John Estes had in common with Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, and Bill Monroe. Lovers of roots music can't go wrong with this excellent CD.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/08/2005
Label:
Yellow Dog Records
UPC:
0823800114629
catalogNumber:
21146

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Cotton   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Big Jack Johnson   Slide Guitar
Lee Williams   Drums
Jimbo Mathus   Tenor Banjo
Jimbo "Hambone" Mathus   Bass,Slide Guitar,Tenor Banjo
Barry Bays   Bass
Adam "Bomb" Woodard   Piano
Olga   Percussion
Clarksdale Hummingbirds   Background Vocals
Hamilton Rott   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Mississippi John Hurt   Composer
Skip James   Composer
Big Jack Johnson   Personnel
Blind Willie McTell   Composer
Jimbo Mathus   Audio Production
Jimbo "Hambone" Mathus   Producer,Personnel
Cotton   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Will Dawson   Engineer
Brooke Barnett   Graphic Design
Chris Cotton   Personnel
Barry Bays   Personnel
Adam "Bomb" Woodard   Personnel

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