Mississippi Mile

Mississippi Mile

by John Oates


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Mississippi Mile

For his third solo album, John Oates decided to pay tribute to the blues and R&B that originated in the Mississippi Delta, taking considerable liberty in his definition of the Delta by letting it encompass Chuck Berry's rock & roll, the Coasters' jiving cool, the Impressions' slick uptown groove, and Percy Mayfield's smoky late-night balladry. Only sticklers will gripe about Oates bending the borders of the blues because history has shown that he's never been a purist; he's always fused different sounds and styles, which is precisely what he does here, grounding himself in an easy-rolling bluesy roots music that can encompass all manner of R&B, from a reworking of Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up" to a dynamic reinterpretation of Oates' own "You Make My Dreams Come True." It's a setting far more stripped-down than he's usually performed within -- lots of acoustic guitars, Dobros, and mandolins -- and the band locks into its rhythm with ease. Plus, there's actually a bit of sandpaper grit to Oates' voice -- maybe not enough to make this a down-and-dirty hoedown, but enough to give it soulfulness, enough to keep it from grooving a little too smoothly. Parts of Mississippi Mile hark back to Oates' folky beginnings -- Hall & Oates covered "Deep River Blues" early on and he reworks the song here -- but it's a unique record in his career, not just in how it puts an emphasis on blues and folk over soul but how it captures him performing with a relaxed authority that's quite appealing.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/12/2011
Label: Phunk Shui
UPC: 0093624959199
catalogNumber: 526936

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Oates   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Dobro,Lap Steel Guitar
Sam Bush   Fiddle,Mandolin
Bekka Bramlett   Vocals
Dennis Crouch   Upright Bass
John Gardner   Drums
Kevin McKendree   Piano
Michael Rhodes   Electric Bass
Jed Leiber   Hammond B3
John Michel   Tambourine,Background Vocals
Pete Huttlinger   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mike Henderson   Electric Guitar,Harp,Slide Guitar
Michael Jude   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Percy Mayfield   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Daryl Hall   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
John Oates   Composer,Producer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Juan Patino   Cover Photo
Chris Latham   Engineer
Sara Allen   Composer
Mike Henderson   Composer,Producer
Allan Fraser   Composer
E. Anderson   Composer

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