Home Sweet Home CD (2010)

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Label Memphis International/red
SKU 213685309
UPC 823862002421
UPC 14 00823862002421
Format CD
Release Date 1/19/2010
Author South Memphis String
Technical Info
Engineer Winn McElroy; Justin Showah; Michael Taylor; Jackson MacInnis
Producer Bill Wax; South Memphis String Band
CatalogID 0224
Lable Name Memphis International
Released 01/19/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 43m : 52s
UPC 00823862002421
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixers: Winn McElroy; Justin Showah.
Liner Note Author: Jim Dickinson.
Recording information: Delta Recording Service, Como, MS; Sirius/XM Performance Studio, Washington, DC.
Photographers: Bob Bayne; Adam Smith .
With their 2010 debut album, Home Sweet Home, the members of the South Memphis String Band -- Luther Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, and Jimbo Mathus -- have succeeded in producing a recording that sounds like it could have been made at least 80 years earlier. The trio members, each of whom has had other affiliations and recording projects, play acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, Dobro, and other string instruments, along with the occasional harmonica and kazoo, plus plenty of heavy foot-tapping for percussion, as they make their way through a series of songs credited to "Traditional" as songwriter (as well as occasional covers and originals), trading off roughly sung vocals on matters of rural concern including livestock, bootlegging, and other criminal activity. The murder of outlaw Jesse James by "that dirty little coward" Robert Ford leads things off, and other selections include "Eighteen Hammers," which sounds like it would work fine for a chain gang on a Southern highway, and the self-descriptive "Bootlegger's Blues," borrowed from the repertoire of the Mississippi Sheiks. Dickinson, Hart, and Mathus give the impression they have just gotten together in a studio to trade tunes and then released the first-take results, including count-ins and stray spoken remarks, with the musical arrangements sounding as if they were invented on the spot. It's a devoted act of preservation to seem this spontaneous. ~ William Ruhlmann
Professional Reviews
Living Blues (p.36) - "[T]hey trade lead vocals, harmonize casually, and swap instruments: guitar, banjo, mandolin, and occasional harmonica, kazoo and fife."
Disc 1
1 Jesse James
2 Deep Blue Sea
3 Old Hen
4 Worry 'Bout Your Own Backyard
5 Things Is 'Bout Coming My Way
6 Let Your Light Shine On Me
7 Carrier Line, The
8 Bloody Bill Anderson
9 Eighteen Hammers
10 Bootlegger's Blues
11 Dixie Darling
12 Home Sweet Home
Product Attributes
Artist South Memphis String
Music Format Compact Disc

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