After hurricane Katrina has raged in this region the Sound of the Mississippi delta music became all the more precious. Of course "St. James Infirmary", the standard ballad for all New Orleans funerals, is represented. It talks about the pain of a man who has seen his wife a last time: "so sweet, so cool, so fair, stretched out on a long white table" in the hospital. What a music will arise now, after the dead bodies are "disposed of" with so few care. I still have a photo in my mind as a woman (near the flooded Canal Street) shoves her dead husband, whom she has bound on a door, through the water. Only the music with this Mississippi feeling, no further newspaper report, will soothe me in such moments. But if I hear the calming voice of Mississippi John Hurt again - or the infectious energy of Tina Turner - then, I think, it will go on again...
I heard this cd while shopping and EVERY TUNE was so hot I had to have it! Every track is unique, the artists soulful and exude the blues from their bones. This CD takes you to another place and time where it is good to feel the blues!
Bought today: 2002-02-28. Listened to this music in a loop on a roundtrip from Ottawa, Ontario to Ogdensburg, NY and back. Very rewarding 3 hours. This is infectious American Roots/Blues.
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