Monday, November 9, 2009

All Memphis Music ~ The Mississippi Sheiks ~ Steve Dawson ~ Blues


All Memphis Music is proud to announce this weeks Specialty Show as a tribute to the new 'Mississippi Sheiks' CD "Things About Comin' My Way", hosted by the CD's producer, Steve Dawson.

As a 24/7 global internet radio station will air a one-hour special on the new Mississippi Sheiks tribute CD, Things About Comin’ My Way, this Friday, November 13 at 10:00 PM Central Time (Memphis Time) and repeating the following morning, Saturday November 14 at 10:00 AM Central Time (Memphis Time).

In addition to playing all 17 tracks of Things About Comin’ My Way, which showcases such artists as John Hammond, The North Mississippi Allstars, Bruce Cockburn, Geoff Muldaur, Bill Frisell, Madeleine Peyroux, Danny Barnes and The Carolina Chocolate Drops, the special includes an in-depth interview with Steve Dawson, who conceived the project, produced most of the tracks on the album, played various instruments throughout, and is also the featured artist on one track. To hear the special, just click on this link at 10PM Central Time on November 13 or 10AM Central Time November 14:
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Things About Comin’ My Way has been drawing rave reviews from the press since its release on October 20, as well as significant airplay at both blues and Americana radio stations (it’s #22 on this week’s Americana Radio chart).
“As tribute compilations go, Things About Comin' My Way surpasses any musical expectations, the collaborating artists taking half-forgotten songs from long ago and breathing new life and vitality into them. The result is a loving tribute to one of the influential, albeit too often overlooked, treasures in American roots music, the Mississippi Sheiks. Kudos to producer Steve Dawson and the participating artists for a job well done and, of course, to the Mississippi Sheiks for the great music they left us.” –

“This tribute album, the brainchild of musician/producer Steve Dawson, reinterprets the Sheiks’ music across a broad range of styles. And it does so in ways that make the album much more than just another sound-alike, in part because all 17 tracks were recoded across three sessions – to create a sense of consistency while still allowing the featured artists to be spontaneous… With a roster of artists who are clearly enjoying themselves, Things About Comin’ My Way offers a gold mine of music and memories.” - Blues Revue
“… a marvelous celebration of some of America’s formative musical material, key threads in the tapestry of 20th-century song…. If it’s hard to pick highlights among the disc’s seventeen tracks, it’s equally difficult to pinpoint any weak spots; there simply aren’t any less-than stellar performances here…. Great Stuff!” – Blog Critics
“This CD is a fantastic tribute to the great string band The Mississippi Sheiks….
If you love the beautiful music of the bygone era of string band, then this recording will surely please you. Remember that the songs herein are just a fraction of the recordings by the Sheiks, but are a grand reminder of how story & song can be so easily forgotten.
– Blues Source

“Producer Steve Dawson has done that music of the early 1930s very proud, being smart enough to first find the artists who could bring real feeling to songs like “It’s Backfirin’ Now” and “Sitting on Top of the World,” and then have them pull of such exciting new renditions. Just about every track here passes the taste test admirably, and even better, we hear things we’ve never heard before… Some, like the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ndidi Onukwulu, Kelly Joe Phelps, Madeleine Peyroux and Jim Byrnes, are absolutely sublime in how they turn a sound from the distant past into something that can touch us so deeply today. It’s like a wonder of time, and one of music’s great gifts, how decades can be erased so quickly. But try listening to a song like “He Calls That Religion” or “The World Is Going Wrong” and not feel caught up in the original spirit, flying through the years and sensing what the Mississippi Sheiks created so long ago. It’s like it’s being reborn right before us now, a world apart but in the big picture of life right next door. Close your eyes and open your ears.” – Sonic Boomers
“This well deserved, superb tribute to the Sheiks captures all the band’s qualities, especially that infectious, buoyant energy, in 17 fine performances. In most cases the assembled artists use more instruments than Messrs. Vinson and Chatmon had at their disposal—or instruments they never employed--but nothing’s ever sonically out of whack with the Sheiks’ spirit…You don’t have to listen hard at the end to hear one of the singers break into a warm, knowing laugh, and that bit of extemporaneous commentary says it all about the humanity informing the Mississippi Sheiks’ art and powering the passions of the artists Dawson assembled to pay overdue homage to some men who made a glorious sound that was both smart and soulful.” – The Bluegrass Special

To watch videos of songs from the Sheiks tribute performed by The Sojourners, Steve Dawson and Jim Byrnes, click on this link:

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