Hoodoo Lady

Hoodoo Lady

by Memphis Minnie


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Hoodoo Lady

Although not a Classic Blues singer, Memphis Minnie was arguably a peer of Bessie Smith -- if not her superior. From her first country blues recordings in 1929 to her death in 1959, Minnie constantly evolved. HOODOO LADY catches her at the top of her versatile game in the late '30s. The selections straddle her earlier, more fleeting light swing on "My Butcher Man" and the heavier strums and piano stomps of "Please Don't Stop Him," more suitable to then-current dance styles. Yet her throaty vocals and moans and tightly controlled vibrato remain unchanged as she delivers the trademark salacious double entendres of "Black Cat Blues" (where everybody wants to buy her kitty), "Down In the Alley," and "Good Biscuits", replete with food and gaming references and a hint of irony. It was that sense of humor which helped a number of her songs become blues standards, including two covers by Led Zeppelin.

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Release Date: 04/29/2008
Label: Snapper Music
UPC: 0636551005029
catalogNumber: 50
Rank: 128457

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