Live the Life

Live the Life

by Samoa Wilson
     
 

It's testament to the Boston-bred, folk-influenced American roots singer that her own composition, the bluesy and romantic "Sun Going Down" -- which she wrote at the tender age of 16 -- could follow her rendition of Tommy Dorsey's "I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About" and not only measure up, but surpass it in emotional intensity.…  See more details below

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It's testament to the Boston-bred, folk-influenced American roots singer that her own composition, the bluesy and romantic "Sun Going Down" -- which she wrote at the tender age of 16 -- could follow her rendition of Tommy Dorsey's "I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About" and not only measure up, but surpass it in emotional intensity. Samoa Wilson's upbringing was filled with classic Americana music and multi-instrumentalist Jim Kweskin (founder of the early-'60s group the Jim Kweskin Jug Band) was an extended family member, so it was only a matter of time before they merged their talents. She joined his current band in 1997 and appeared on four tracks from Now and Again, Kweskin's first album in over 20 years. This colorful solo project grew naturally out of that, and Kweskin fans will be happy to note that the band is in full swing between vocal passages on witty, spirited tracks like "What a Little Moonlight Can Do." Geordue Gude's harmonica drives the front-porch blues of "Organ Grinder's Song," one of the few instrumental tracks between Wilson's solo numbers and vocal duets with Kweskin. The production is sparse and straightforward, lending a historical authenticity to classics like "Oh Papa Blues," originally recorded by Ma Rainey in 1927. Other unforgettable covers include the singalong "Choo Choo Ch-Boogie" and a heartfelt twist on W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues."

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/2004
Label:
Blix Street
UPC:
0739341008122
catalogNumber:
410081
Rank:
173646

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Samoa Wilson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jim Kweskin   Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Shaker
Mickey Bones   Castanets,Maracas,Hand Drums
Matt Leavenworth   Fiddle
John Ramsey   Drums
Bruce Millard   Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Leopoldo Blanco   Piano

Technical Credits

Irving Mills   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Denver Darling   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Milt Gabler   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Marlo Henderson   Composer
Will Hudson   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Elijah Wald   Song Notes
Hy Zaret   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Vaughn Horton   Composer
Irene Young   Cover Photo
Harry Woods   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Lois Gerard   Graphic Design
Samoa Wilson   Composer
David Konjoyan   Liner Notes

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