Stone Cold Ohio

Stone Cold Ohio

by Little Axe
     
 

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Little Axe is guitarist and singer Skip McDonald, but it's also much more than that. It is, in practice, a virtual reunion of the Sugarhill Gang -- the rhythm section responsible for the grooves underlying such paleo-hip-hop classics as "Rapper's Delight" and "White Lines" -- and therefore also a virtual reunion of

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Little Axe is guitarist and singer Skip McDonald, but it's also much more than that. It is, in practice, a virtual reunion of the Sugarhill Gang -- the rhythm section responsible for the grooves underlying such paleo-hip-hop classics as "Rapper's Delight" and "White Lines" -- and therefore also a virtual reunion of Tackhead, the pioneering avant funk outfit that brought the Sugarhill Gang together with British producer Adrian Sherwood and vocalists Gary Clail and Bernard Fowler. In the Little Axe context, though, the focus is squarely on McDonald and on his overriding passion: vintage blues. Imagine a Delta blues aesthetic (spare, rural, and stark), and then imagine it thickened with additional instrumental layers and twisted with dubwise atmospherics, and you'll have some idea what to expect -- sort of like a posthumous collaboration between Howlin' Wolf and African Head Charge. The second Little Axe album features mostly McDonald originals, along with some well-chosen covers from the likes of Allen Toussaint, Skip James, and former Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun. But even his originals owe a deep debt to the work of his forefathers -- "If I Had My Way," for example, takes its whole chorus from the gospel classic "Samson and Delilah." Stone Cold Ohio is a real rarity: an album that can't be mistaken for anything other than blues, but that sounds nothing like any blues album you've ever heard.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2008
Label:
Real World
UPC:
0884108013427
catalogNumber:
140
Rank:
82035

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Little Axe   Primary Artist
Will Calhoun   Percussion,Drums
Paget King   Keyboards
Skip McDonald   Guitar,Vocals
Carlton Ogilvie   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Doug Wimbish   Bass,Bass Guitar
Valerie Skeete   Choir, Chorus
Madeleine Edgehill   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Denise Sherwood   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Skip James   Composer
Keith LeBlanc   drum programming
Will Calhoun   Composer
Skip McDonald   Producer
Adrian Sherwood   Producer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Doug Wimbish   Engineer
Jimmy Dobson   Engineer
Nick Coplowe   Engineer,drum programming
Axel Hirn   Engineer
Eric Renwart   Engineer

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