The Memphis Barbecue Sessions

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
This album is a joy indeed -- a journey inside the blues and down the Mississippi Delta. Johnson's always been an expressive singer, and in such a stripped-down setting his voice becomes more important than ever on classics like "Smokestack Lightning" and "My Babe." His guitar work offers the ideal backdrop, too, never fancy, but juke-joint friendly, serviceable, and offering a strong beat. Bringing in former Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson to play harmonica proves to be an inspired move -- he and Johnson conjure up a blues duo from the '50s, and when legendary pianist Pinetop Perkins sits in on a couple of numbers things really smoke. The Johnson originals on ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
This album is a joy indeed -- a journey inside the blues and down the Mississippi Delta. Johnson's always been an expressive singer, and in such a stripped-down setting his voice becomes more important than ever on classics like "Smokestack Lightning" and "My Babe." His guitar work offers the ideal backdrop, too, never fancy, but juke-joint friendly, serviceable, and offering a strong beat. Bringing in former Fabulous Thunderbirds frontman Kim Wilson to play harmonica proves to be an inspired move -- he and Johnson conjure up a blues duo from the '50s, and when legendary pianist Pinetop Perkins sits in on a couple of numbers things really smoke. The Johnson originals on the album sit comfortably next to the classic covers, and the gutbucket style assures plenty of musical muscle, with Johnson and Wilson constantly pushing each other further. Where drums do come in, on three of the 13 tracks, they might as well not be there, they're so low in the mix and offer so little -- they're certainly not missed anywhere else. On the evidence here, Johnson is every bit as comfortable on his own as he is with the backing of a band, and the more intimate, live setting (the disc was recorded in two days) brings out some subtleties in his singing and playing styles that get lost in a group setting. An enjoyable and even important modern blues record.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2002
  • Label: M.c. Records
  • UPC: 607735004527
  • Catalog Number: 45
  • Sales rank: 126,553

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Oh Baby - Kim Wilson (4:08)
  2. 2 Humming Blues - Kim Wilson (4:01)
  3. 3 Don't Care Nothing - Kim Wilson (3:34)
  4. 4 Smokestack Lighting - Kim Wilson (4:09)
  5. 5 I'm Going Out Walking - Kim Wilson (4:17)
  6. 6 My Babe - Kim Wilson (4:13)
  7. 7 Blue Bird - Kim Wilson (5:56)
  8. 8 Lonesome Road - Pinetop Perkins (4:18)
  9. 9 Get Along Little Cindy - Kim Wilson (4:21)
  10. 10 Humming Bird - Pinetop Perkins (5:15)
  11. 11 Big Boss Man - Kim Wilson (4:08)
  12. 12 Things I Used to Do - Kim Wilson (4:29)
  13. 13 Dust My Broom - Kim Wilson (3:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Jack Johnson Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Kim Wilson Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Elmore James Track Performer
Pinetop Perkins Piano
Technical Credits
Leon Russell Composer
Mississippi Fred McDowell Composer
Fred Guarino Mastering
Posey Hedges Engineer
Mark Carpentieri Producer
Rob McNurlin Composer
Eddie "Guitar Slim" Jones Composer
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