Great Norhthern Blues Society
Do you like string band music? If so you should give a listen to Things About Comin' My Way: A Tribute to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks recently released on the Black Hen Music label.
During their heyday in the thirties the Mississippi Sheiks penned some remarkable songs; being best known for the classic " Sitting On Top Of The World" included here performed by the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The album is composed of 16 additional songs covered by everyone from the North Mississippi Allstars on "It's Backfirin' Now" to progressive Bluegrass artists Danny Barnes of Bad Livers fame doing "Too Long".
Among the other tunes included I quite enjoyed Madeleine Peyroux's take on "Please Baby" - a tasty slow sexy romp. Oh Susanna's cover of the Sheiks "Bootlegger's Blues" also captured my interest as did Ndidi Onukwulu's version of the title track.
Other artists involved in the project were John Hammond who contributed a great version of "Stop and Listen" while the Sojourners covered "He Calls That Religion", Del Ray did "We Both Are Feeling Good Right Now" and you'll hear Geoff Muldaur and the Texas Sheiks do "The World Is Going Wrong". Bruce Cockburn, Jim Byrnes, Bill Frisell, Kelly Joe Phelps, Steve Dawson, Bob Brozman and Robin Holcomb contributed versions of Sheik numbers as well.
The combined efforts of the artists and Black Hen could just rekindle interest in acoustic string band music. This is certainly a great start and as a fan I wish them success.