Mississippi Mile

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For his third solo album, John Oates decided to pay tribute to the blues and R&B that originated in the Mississippi Delta, taking considerable liberty in his definition of the Delta by letting it encompass Chuck Berry's rock & roll, the Coasters' jiving cool, the Impressions' slick uptown groove, and Percy Mayfield's smoky late-night balladry. Only sticklers will gripe about Oates bending the borders of the blues because history has shown that he's never been a purist; he's always fused different sounds and styles, which is precisely what he does here, grounding himself in an easy-rolling bluesy roots music that can encompass all manner of R&B, from ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For his third solo album, John Oates decided to pay tribute to the blues and R&B that originated in the Mississippi Delta, taking considerable liberty in his definition of the Delta by letting it encompass Chuck Berry's rock & roll, the Coasters' jiving cool, the Impressions' slick uptown groove, and Percy Mayfield's smoky late-night balladry. Only sticklers will gripe about Oates bending the borders of the blues because history has shown that he's never been a purist; he's always fused different sounds and styles, which is precisely what he does here, grounding himself in an easy-rolling bluesy roots music that can encompass all manner of R&B, from a reworking of Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up" to a dynamic reinterpretation of Oates' own "You Make My Dreams Come True." It's a setting far more stripped-down than he's usually performed within -- lots of acoustic guitars, Dobros, and mandolins -- and the band locks into its rhythm with ease. Plus, there's actually a bit of sandpaper grit to Oates' voice -- maybe not enough to make this a down-and-dirty hoedown, but enough to give it soulfulness, enough to keep it from grooving a little too smoothly. Parts of Mississippi Mile hark back to Oates' folky beginnings -- Hall & Oates covered "Deep River Blues" early on and he reworks the song here -- but it's a unique record in his career, not just in how it puts an emphasis on blues and folk over soul but how it captures him performing with a relaxed authority that's quite appealing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2011
  • Label: Phunk Shui
  • UPC: 093624959199
  • Catalog Number: 526936
  • Sales rank: 105,784

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Oates Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Jerry Douglas Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar
Sam Bush Fiddle, Mandolin
Bekka Bramlett Vocals
Dennis Crouch Upright Bass
John Gardner Drums
Kevin McKendree Piano
Michael Rhodes Electric Bass
Jed Leiber Hammond B3
John Michel Tambourine, Background Vocals
Pete Huttlinger Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mike Henderson Electric Guitar, Harp, Slide Guitar
Michael Jude Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Percy Mayfield Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Elvis Presley Composer
Daryl Hall Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Otis Blackwell Composer
John Oates Composer, Producer
Mike Stoller Composer
Juan Patino Cover Photo
Chris Latham Engineer, Mastering
Sara Allen Composer
Mike Henderson Composer, Producer
Allan Fraser Composer
E. Anderson Composer
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