Philadelphia Daily News
BLUES CRUISE: Van Dyke Parks joked Sunday at World Cafe Live that "it's only taken 67 years" to get him on the road. But this eccentric, Mississippi-steeped keyboard-player/singer/composer is making up for lost time with an appearance on the excellent new DVD "The Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Concert - Live in Vancouver" (Black Hen, A), which celebrates America's biggest recording act of the early 1930s.
Offspring of slaves, the Sheiks' gutbucket blues and country hollers start new fires in the vital performances of Alvin Youngblood Hart, the Sojourners, blues chanteuse Robin Holcomb, John Hammond, show organizer Steve Dawson, Dave Alvin and the amazing dobro slide guitarist Bob Brozman. Sure to leave you "Sitting on Top of the World." - Jonathan Takiff