The Daily Planet
On Things About Comin' My Way, a host of talented musicians cover the songs of 1930s string band The Mississippi Sheiks, who Bob Dylan saluted on his World Gone Wrong album.
The Sheiks were guitarist/singer Walter Vinson and fiddler Lonnie Chatmon, sometimes including Lonnie's brothers, one of whom was Bo Carter, master of the blues single-entendre. The Sheiks' 70 original songs include blues, but they also include country and popular-sounding songs. In that way their recordings are more representative of the live repertoire of Southern African-Americans than other artists who were urged to record blues exclusively.
One of their songs, Sitting On Top of the World, has been recorded by Ray Charles, The Grateful Dead, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Jack White and Willie Nelson. On today's feature, the Sheiks (after Rudolf Valentino's film of the same name, it came to mean 'a young man on the prowl') are interpreted by The North Mississippi Allstars, John Hammond, Bruce Cockburn, Bill Frisell, Madeleine Peyroux, Kelly Joe Phelps, Bob Brozman and a fine young Canadian singer named Ndidi Onukwulu.