Blues Routes: Heroes & Tricksters

Blues Routes: Heroes & Tricksters


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Seventeen live performances on this blues compilation, drawn from 1990-1995 recordings that were done for the Folk Masters series distributed by Public Radio International; all of these were recorded at either the Barns of Wolf Trap or Carnegie Hall. There's a lot of variety and numerous styles represented: work songs, folksy songsters, modern electric blues (Joe Louis Walker does an eight-minute "Bluesifyin"), Delta-styled blues (Robert Jr. Lockwood), piano jazz-blues, and more. It's adventurous enough to go off into some detours that aren't strictly blues, but certainly blues-related, as in the zydeco by Boozoo Chavis, the a cappella vocals of the Georgia Sea Island Singers, the jazz violin of Claude Williams, and the New Orleans trad jazz of Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders. Many of the performers were quite elderly when they made their contributions, and while it's great that there is a venue for these guardians of tradition, much of the disc is overly polite in execution. When the White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians come on with their unbridled chants on "Sew, Sew, Sew," the energy and daring really pick up. The go-go music of Rapper Dee, C.J., and Five Gallons of Fun's "My Mind Has No Color/Doing It the Go-Go Way," with percussion performed largely on paint buckets and other found objects, is another ambitious detour worth applauding.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/20/1999
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074011829
catalogNumber: 40118
Rank: 117317

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta Baker   Guitar,Track Performer
Joe Louis Walker   Guitar,Track Performer
Steve Pistorius   Piano
Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson   Electric Guitar,Track Performer
Robert Lockwood   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Sammy Price   Piano,Track Performer
Calvin "Fuzz" Jones   Bass
Classie Ballou   Bass
T.D. Bell   Electric Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Keter Betts   Bass
Boozoo Chavis   Vocals,Track Performer,Accordion (Diatonic)
Erbie Bowser   Piano,Track Performer
John Cephas   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Charles Chavis   Frottoir
Rellis Chavis   Drums
James Chirillo   Guitar
Nathaniel Fontenot   Guitar
Darryl Johnson   Bass Drums
Alan Jones   Background Vocals
Carl Jones   Saxophone,Vocals
Joseph Jones   Background Vocals
Booker T. Laury   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Len Nichols   Bass
Pinetop Perkins   Piano,Track Performer
Tony Saunders   Bass
Don Vappie   Banjo,Track Performer
Phil Wiggins   Harmonica,Track Performer
Claude "Fiddler" Williams   Violin,Track Performer
Warner Williams   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Wendell Brunious   Trumpet
Antoine Gardner   Vocals
Curtis Nutall   Drums
Charles Taylor   Vocals
Boozoo Chavis & the Majic Sounds   Track Performer
Mike Eppley   Keyboards
Doug Quimby   Vocals
Jay Summerour   Harmonica
White Cloud Hunters Mardi Gras Indians   Track Performer
Jennifer Jones   Background Vocals
Cornelius Wright   Leader
Georgia Sea Island Singers   Track Performer
Donald Suhor   Clarinet
Mel Davis   Harmonica
Abner Jay   Banjo,Vocals
Reggie Crawford   Saxophone
Donald "Duck" Manor   Drums
Keith Clark   Drums

Technical Credits

Paul Johnson   Executive Producer
Nick Spitzer   Producer,Liner Notes
John Tyler   Engineer,Remixing
Anthony Seeger   Executive Producer
Pete Reiniger   Remixing
Leslie Spitz-Edson   Liner Notes
Carol Hardy   Artwork
Traditional   Composer

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