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Fish-Tree-Water Blues

Fish-Tree-Water Blues

J. J. Cale, Ani DiFranco, Robert Cray, and Etta James are some of the artists out to save mother earth on FISH TREE WATER BLUES. Whether they'll succeed in helping the Earth Justice Legal Defense Fund's campaign to preserve wild salmon, old-growth forests


J. J. Cale, Ani DiFranco, Robert Cray, and Etta James are some of the artists out to save mother earth on FISH TREE WATER BLUES. Whether they'll succeed in helping the Earth Justice Legal Defense Fund's campaign to preserve wild salmon, old-growth forests, and fresh waters in the Pacific Northwest is an open question. What's not up for debate is the quality of this 13-song compilation CD. A mix of old and new material, cover versions, and originals, this is a disc with its heart and soul in the right place. Some of the tunes have previously been released, but Tracy Nelson's cover of Memphis Slim's "Mother Earth," Etta James's gospel version of the Eagles' "Take It to the Limit," DiFranco's folk-rap "Fuel," and Keb' Mo's "Victims of Comfort" all speak to the courage and consciousness that the Earth Justice organization extols. Cray offers an unreleased live version of "The Forecast (Calls for Pain)," Cale wrote and recorded "Stone River" for the occasion, and soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples contributes a new version of "I'll Fly Away" for the set. There are also intriguing collaborations between jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis and blues guitarist Joe Louis Walker ("The Road You Chose") and blues harpist Charlie Musselwhite and Bob Weir's Grateful Dead offshoot, Rat Dog ("Take Me to the River"). A portion of FISH TREE WATER BLUES sales go to the Earth Justice Fund, but it's the wide but friendly scope of the music and the quality of the cuts that make the disc worth taking home.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Fish Tree Water Blues brings together a diverse group of musicians with a shared interest in the most important thing on earth: the earth itself. This album benefits the Earthjustice Legal Defense fund and spreads the word about the importance of a clean planet. Focusing mainly on blues and folk, the impressive artist roster includes classic performers like Etta James, Ruth Brown, Mavis Staples, John Hammond and John Lee Hooker. Contemporary artists like Ani DiFranco and Keb' Mo' also contribute to this worthy cause, along with Branford Marsalis and Roomful of Blues. The unique combination of blues and ecology makes Fish Tree Water Blues a must for blues fans and nature lovers alike.

Product Details

Release Date:
Bullseye Blues


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Bloomfield   Guitar
Robert Cray   Guitar,Vocals
John Hammond   Guitar,Harmonica,Track Performer
John Lee Hooker   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Etta James   Vocals,Track Performer
Charlie Musselwhite   Harmonica,Track Performer
Roomful of Blues   Track Performer
Joe Louis Walker   Guitar,Track Performer
Loudon Wainwright   Vocals,Track Performer
J.J. Cale   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Duke Robillard   Guitar
Bob Weir   Guitar,Vocals
Ruth Brown   Vocals,Track Performer
Bill Easley   Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Kirkland   Piano
Rob Wasserman   Bass
John Hammond   Slide Guitar
Bobby Martin   French Horn,Keyboards,Saxophone,Background Vocals
Linda Hopkins   Vocals
Tracy Nelson   Vocals,Track Performer
Maria Muldaur   Background Vocals
Dave Ellis   Saxophone,Vocals
Barry Goldberg   Organ
Robert Hurst   Bass
Ani DiFranco   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
John Andrews   Guitar
Bob Arthur   Bass
Marty Ballou   Bass
Christine Collister   Background Vocals
Steve Ehrmann   Bass
Bob Enos   Trumpet
Tommy Eyre   Keyboards
Peter Filleul   Keyboards
Bobby Forrester   Organ,Piano
Earl Gardner   Trumpet
Brian Godchaux   Fiddle
Victor Goines   Baritone Saxophone
Armand Grimaldi   Drums
Kevin Hayes   Drums
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
Jay Lane   Drums,Vocals
Rich Lataille   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Branford Marsalis   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Delfeayo Marsalis   Trombone
Scott Mathews   Drums
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Ray Moore   Alto Saxophone
Mark Naftalin   Piano
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
George Rains   Drums
Brian Ray   Guitar
John Rossi   Drums
Melvin Seals   Organ
Karl Sevareid   Bass
James Singleton   Bass
Mavis Staples   Vocals,Track Performer
Andy Stochansky   Drums
Akira Tana   Drums
Chaim Tannenbaum   Saxophone,Background Vocals
Linda Taylor   Background Vocals
Kurtis Teel   Bass
Chris Vachon   Guitar
Keb' Mo'   Banjo,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Track Performer
Danny Thompson   Bass,String Bass
Alvin Youngblood Hart   Banjo,Track Performer
Keith Wonderboy Johnson   Trumpet,Keyboards
Jason Mercer   Bass
Robert Cray Band   Track Performer
John Wolf   Trombone,Bass Trombone,Tenor Trombone
Jeff Chimenti   Piano,Vocals
Keith Johnson   Trumpet,Keyboards
RatDog   Track Performer
Dave MacNab   Guitar
Hobie Diablo   Guitar
T Blade   Guitar
Mac Odom   Vocals
Kevin May   Baritone Saxophone
Albert Weisman   Organ,Piano
Jim Pugh   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Etta James   Producer
Loudon Wainwright   Producer
J.J. Cale   Producer
Richard Thompson   Producer
Barry Goldberg   Producer
Mother Earth   Producer
Ani DiFranco   Producer
Scott Billington   Producer
George Butler   Executive Producer
Phil Greene   Producer,Engineer
Dan Healy   Producer
Samuel Lehmer   Engineer
Delfeayo Marsalis   Producer
Joe McGrath   Engineer
Mark Naftalin   Producer
David Plenn   Composer
John Porter   Producer
Brian Ray   Producer
Steve Reynolds   Engineer
Nick Robbins   Engineer
Melvin Seals   Producer
Patrick Smith   Engineer
Mavis Staples   Producer
Chaim Tannenbaum   Producer
Tom Turner   Liner Notes
Chris Vachon   Producer
Dennis Walker   Composer
Roy Rogers   Producer
Alvin Youngblood Hart   Arranger
Keith Wonderboy Johnson   Producer
Daryn Roven   Producer,Engineer
Keith Johnson   Producer
Jesse Zoller   Producer,Engineer

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