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Pilgrimage: Mississippi to Memphis
     

Pilgrimage: Mississippi to Memphis

by BluesCaravan
 
The concept was breathtaking in its simplicity: take three European artists in thrall to the blues, and send them off to record in Clarkesdale, Mississippi, Memphis, and New Orleans. Unfortunately, that latter destination was never reached; Katrina put an end to that dream, and instead, the bulk of this set was cut in a recovering Mississippi, with a few numbers also

Overview

The concept was breathtaking in its simplicity: take three European artists in thrall to the blues, and send them off to record in Clarkesdale, Mississippi, Memphis, and New Orleans. Unfortunately, that latter destination was never reached; Katrina put an end to that dream, and instead, the bulk of this set was cut in a recovering Mississippi, with a few numbers also recorded in Memphis. In both studios the threesome were joined by a clutch of artists, which may explain the extreme diversity of this album, which swings from Delta blues to much more modern-styled R&B. But this is a Pilgrimage of course, and Brits Aynsley Lister and Ian Parker and Finn Erja Lyytinen seem determined to explore every facet of blues and its descendants. And the styles impact elsewhere, too, as Lister and Parker's own country's twist on R&B and the blues infuse their songs. There are finger-pickin' on the porch numbers like the dreamy "Dreamland Blues," and the foot-tapping "Mississippi Lawnmower Blues" -- great title, that -- the jammy blues of "Heal Me Love," and the 12-bar blues of "Too Much to Hide" and "Blues Caravan." These all strive toward a purist sound, but with "1010 Degrees" the group join the British Invasion. "Twinkle Toes Willie" splashes into Chuck Berry territory, while "You Don't Know" adds a jazz twist, while "Heal Me Love" takes blues into the indie scene. One can only imagine what the trio would've gotten up to in New Orleans, but even though their pilgrimage was cut short, this must have been one hell of a journey, the results picture postcards from a musical scene long gone, but whose echoes still linger on strongly today.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2006
Label:
Ruf
UPC:
0710347111221
catalogNumber:
1112
Rank:
92875

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Performance Credits

BluesCaravan   Primary Artist
Tim Hinkley   Keyboards
Dave Smith   Bass
Tom "Curly" Ruff   Talking
James Mathus & His Knockdown Society   Trombone
Will Dawson   Rap,Shouts
Aynsley Lister   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Daren Dortin   Drums
Erja Lyytinen   Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Track Performer
Ian Parker   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Potts   Drums

Technical Credits

Luther Allison   Composer
Jim Gaines   Producer,Audio Production
James Solberg   Composer
Tom "Curly" Ruff   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Jason Latshaw   Engineer
Jimbo "Hambone" Mathus   Producer
Will Dawson   Engineer
Aynsley Lister   Composer,Producer
Michael Van Merwyk   Artwork
Erja Lyytinen   Composer,Producer
Ian Parker   Composer,Producer

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