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VANCOUVER, BC – Black Hen Music announces a September 21 release date for the new DVD, The Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Concert – Live in Vancouver, featuring performances by Dave Alvin, John Hammond, Van Dyke Parks, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Byrnes and many others. The DVD will be distributed in the U.S. by Burnside Distribution. Included on the DVD are 13 songs of Mississippi Sheiks music, culminating with an onstage grand finale of all the artists performing the band’s classic, “Sitting on Top of the World.” The DVD also includes exclusive interviews with several of the show’s performers, plus backstage footage and a behind-the-scenes look at rehearsals before the show.
The music on the DVD was made as a companion to the critically-acclaimed 2009 CD release, Things About Comin’ My Way – A Tribute to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks, which was nominated for a Blues Music Award by the Blues Foundation.
“The opportunity to put on a show like this doesn’t come around very often…maybe just once in a lifetime,” says Black Hen Music label head Steve Dawson, who also produced the DVD. “It was an incredible experience bringing these people to Vancouver to pay tribute to the Mississippi Sheiks. My hope is that with this continuing project, we can help to shed some light on the stellar body of work that this band recorded in the 1930s.”
The Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Concert – Live in Vancouver was filmed over two nights in March as the last event of the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, which ran during the Winter Olympics. The concert DVD also features the same house band that performed on the CD: Steve Dawson (guitars), Matt Chamberlain (drums), Wayne Horvitz (keyboards), Keith Lowe (bass) and Daniel Lapp (fiddle, trumpet).
As one writer said in No Depression after seeing the show, it was “A concert for the ages…by the time Dawson and company took the stage at eight o’clock last night, all of the barriers had come down, and intuition was given free rein. And while the blues – like reggae – isn’t the hardest music in the world to play from a technical standpoint, feeling is essential and something that can’t be learned from a book or a lesson. Thankfully, feeling was at a premium throughout the more than three hours of music the sold out audience was treated to – as the blues was revitalized and given new life before their eyes and ears.”