...First Came Memphis Minnie

...First Came Memphis Minnie


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This set has been announced as Maria Muldaur's 40th album, which it is, since she conceived of it and produced it, but it's actually a tribute to the guitar-playing blues great Memphis Minnie, and several of the tracks that Muldaur sings on here have been previously released, including previously released tracks of Memphis Minnie songs that Muldaur cut with Alvin Youngblood Hart, Del Rey, Roy Rogers, and Steve James. There are also classic tracks from Phoebe Snow and Koko Taylor included, again previously released, along with new recordings for this tribute done by Bonnie Raitt, Rory Block, and Ruthie Foster. So, it's not like this is a new Maria Muldaur album, but then it's Muldaur's baby, a loving tribute to a one-of-a-kind blues artist. Muldaur has been singing Memphis Minnie songs (and Minnie wrote or adapted over 200 songs throughout her career, which lasted from the 1920s until the mid-'50s) since her career began in the 1960s, including Muldaur's signature take on "Tricks Ain't Walkin'" (the song was actually written by Lucille Bogan, but Minnie made it her own, as she did everything she touched), included here in a version with Del Rey and Dave Earl helping out on guitar and mandolin, respectively. There's nothing fancy here -- the productions are sparse and appropriate, and even though tracks came from different sources and directions, they all fall together into a nice flow.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2012
Label: Stony Plain Music
UPC: 0772532135825
catalogNumber: 321358
Rank: 72853

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rory Block   Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Roy Rogers   Guitar
Koko Taylor   Vocals
David Bromberg   Guitar,Mandolin
Bonnie Raitt   Guitar,Vocals
Phoebe Snow   Guitar,Vocals
Maria Muldaur   Vocals
Steve Freund   Guitar
Bob Margolin   Slide Guitar
Del Rey   Guitar
Steve James   Guitar,Mandolin
Criss Johnson   Guitar
Roly Salley   Bass
Alvin Youngblood Hart   Guitar,Vocals
Ruthie Foster   Vocals
Jimmy Sutton   Upright Bass
Samantha Banks   Percussion
Brother John Kattke   Piano
Willie 'The Touch' Hayes   Drums
Tanya Richardson   Bass
Dave Earl   Mandolin

Technical Credits

Lucille Bogan   Composer
Maria Muldaur   Producer,Liner Notes
Del Rey   Liner Notes
John Jacob   Engineer,Remixing
Joe McCoy   Composer
Holger Petersen   Executive Producer
Michael Herman   Liner Notes
Minnie Lawlers   Composer
Ernest Lawler   Composer
Sam Fiskin   Engineer
Jeri Marlowe   Cover Design

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