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Things About Comin' My Way: A Tribute to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
The Mississippi Sheiks were a short-lived but popular acoustic string band that recorded approximately 70 songs during the first half of the 1930s before receding into history. Built around guitarist/singer Walter Vinson and fiddler Lonnie Chatmon, with other musicians notably Lonnie's guitarist brothers Bo Carter and Sam Chatmon, the Sheiks left their influence on numerous folk, country, blues, and even rock performers in later decades -- their best-known song, "Sitting on Top of the World," was recorded by a long list of artists including Howlin' Wolf, Ray Charles, Chet Atkins, Cream, Bob Dylan, and the Grateful Dead. For this tribute album, producer Steve Dawson ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
The Mississippi Sheiks were a short-lived but popular acoustic string band that recorded approximately 70 songs during the first half of the 1930s before receding into history. Built around guitarist/singer Walter Vinson and fiddler Lonnie Chatmon, with other musicians notably Lonnie's guitarist brothers Bo Carter and Sam Chatmon, the Sheiks left their influence on numerous folk, country, blues, and even rock performers in later decades -- their best-known song, "Sitting on Top of the World," was recorded by a long list of artists including Howlin' Wolf, Ray Charles, Chet Atkins, Cream, Bob Dylan, and the Grateful Dead. For this tribute album, producer Steve Dawson gathered a cast of sympathetic artists to interpret songs associated with the group, giving them much leeway but keeping the proceedings from veering too far from the original spirit of the music. Dawson himself plays a variety of guitars on several tracks, and takes top billing on a perky version of "Lonely One in This Town," but largely stays behind the scenes so that the artists' personalities might meld with the new arrangements of this seven-plus-decades-old music. The performances range from the solo guitar of bluesman John Hammond and slide master Bob Brozman to the gospel of the Sojourners and the sultry, jazzy vocalizing of Madeleine Peyroux. The opening number, "It's Backfirin' Now," is given a rootsy jug band treatment by the North Mississippi Allstars and Bruce Cockburn, with trombone and Hammond organ among his accompaniment, brings a sweet and lazy New Orleans feel to "Honey Babe Let the Deal Go Down." It's appropriate that the Carolina Chocolate Drops -- perhaps the closest of contemporary bands in style to the Sheiks -- get to make "Sitting on Top of the World" their own: these African-American traditionalists have a deep understanding of, and innate camaraderie with, the Sheiks' music. Not surprisingly, Geoff Muldaur -- whose own lengthy catalog is filled with tunes that draw from the Sheiks' brand of old-timey string music -- and his own Texas Sheiks nail "The World Is Going Wrong." Even jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, whose eclecticism has always been his hallmark, finds common ground with the long-gone Sheiks, dueting with trombonist Steve Moore on "That's It," a good-time melody that manages to capture the essence of the Sheiks' sound while placing it squarely in today's more complex world.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2009
  • Label: Black Hen
  • UPC: 775020955325
  • Catalog Number: 55
  • Sales rank: 144,476

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Backfirin' Now - North Mississippi Allstars (3:58)
  2. 2 Things About Comin' My Way - Ndidi Onukwulu (4:58)
  3. 3 Stop and Listen - John Hammond (3:47)
  4. 4 Honey Babe Let the Deal Go Down - Bruce Cockburn (3:56)
  5. 5 Bootlegger's Blues - Oh Susanna (3:43)
  6. 6 Sitting On Top of the World - The Carolina Chocolate Drops (3:16)
  7. 7 Too Long - Danny Barnes (4:00)
  8. 8 Jailbird Love Song - Jim Byrnes (3:27)
  9. 9 That's It - Bill Frisell (3:10)
  10. 10 Please Baby - Madeleine Peyroux (4:11)
  11. 11 Livin' In a Strain - Kelly Joe Phillips (4:46)
  12. 12 Lonely One In This Town - Steve Dawson (3:39)
  13. 13 The World is Going Wrong - Geoff Muldaur (3:08)
  14. 14 We Both Are Feeling Good Right Now - Del Rey (2:45)
  15. 15 Somebody's Gotta Help You - Bob Brozman (4:06)
  16. 16 He Calls That Religion - Sojourners (4:00)
  17. 17 I've Got Blood In My Eyes For You - Robin Holcomb (5:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robin Holcomb Piano, Vocals
Geoff Muldaur Banjo, Vocals
Bruce Cockburn Guitar, Vocals
Bob Brozman Vocals
Justin Robinson Banjo, Vocals
Johnny Nicholas Mandolin, Drums
Del Rey Guitar, Vocals
Danny Barnes Banjo, Vocals
Stephen Bruton Guitar
Cindy Cashdollar national steel guitar
Matt Chamberlain Drums
James Luther Dickinson Banjo
Bill Frisell Guitar
Craig Flory Clarinet
John Hammond Vocals, national steel guitar
Stephen Hodges Drums
Wayne Horvitz Pump Organ, Wurlitzer
Bruce Hughes Upright Bass
Hans Teuber Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Madeleine Peyroux Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jim Byrnes Vocals
Keith Lowe Bass
Suzy Thompson Fiddle
Jimbo Mathus Guitar
Jesse Zubot Fiddle, Violin, Viola
Peggy Lee Cello
Ron Small Vocals
Chris Chew Bass
Luther Dickinson Guitar, Vocals
Cody Dickinson Vocals, Washboard
Suzie Ungerleider Vocals
William Carn Trombone
Marcus Mosely Vocals
Steve Moore Trombone
Steve Dawson Glockenspiel, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Mellotron, Pump Organ, national steel guitar
Ndidi Onukwulu Vocals
Paul Taylor Choristers Fiddle
Suzie Giroux Background Vocals
Kelly Joe Phillips Vocals, national steel guitar
Cam Giroux Background Vocals
Jeanne Tolmie Vocals
Rhiannon Giddens Fiddle
Dom Flemons Guitar
Will Sanders Vocals
Technical Credits
Geoff Muldaur Producer
Van Dyke Parks Arranger
Walter Vinson Composer
Bruce Hughes Producer
Stuart Sullivan Engineer
John Rummen Graphic Design
Mell Dettmer Engineer
David Travers-Smith Engineer
Sheldon Zaharko Engineer
Public Domain Composer
Traditional Composer
Cameron Nicklaus Engineer
Brian Thorn Engineer
Brian Losch Engineer
Daniel Porter Engineer
Steve Dawson Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Matt Brown Engineer
Cathy Ferrante Engineer
Ron Forbes-Roberts Liner Notes
Doug Heselgrave Liner Notes
Bryan Smith Engineer
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