If you do not know much about the Mississippi Sheiks, between 1930 and 1935 they recorded around seventy tracks. The CD, entitled "A Tribute to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks" was recorded in essentially three big sessions, of which one comprised of a house band backing several of the artists. This process gives a more spontaneous and live feel to the material. Another advantage to this tribute release is that there is a chance to hear a range of sometimes new artists on seventeen tracks. Highlights are Ndidi Onukwulu's emotive rendition of "Things About Comin' My Way", and a sultry performance of "Please Baby" by Madeleine Peyroux. Other contributers range from veterans John Hammond, Bob Broznan, and arranger Van Dyke Parks, to younger artists like the Carolina Chocolate Drops (performing the classic and personal favourite 'Sitting on top of the World'), the North Mississipi Allstars and Kelly Joe Phelps. Also featured are vocal group The Sojourners. To paraphrase from the notes, "The songs come down to us from a world long gone...listen carefully and you can almost hear the wind moaning through empty graveyards and churches." A very pleasant and worthwhile listen with authentic arrangements, including instruments such as washboard, tub, bass, pump organ, and fiddle, as well as on its own merit with gorgeous production and instrumentation.