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Songs of Mississippi John Hurt


  • 1. If You Don't Want Me
    2. Avalon Blues
    3. Shake That Thing
    4. Louis Collins
    5. First Shot Missed Him
    6. Big Leg Blues
    7. Hey, Honey, Right Away
    8. Joe Turner Blues
    9. I'm Satisfied
    10. Beulah Land
    11. Funky Butt
    12. Coffee Blues
    13. Monday Morning Blues
    14. Good Morning, Miss Carrie
    15. Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDPH711216

  • Credits
    ProducerEllen Karas
    EngineerDavid Farrell

    Personnel: Bill Morrissey (vocals, guitar); Peter Keane (guitar, background vocals); Frederic Koella (mandolin); Cormac McCarthy (harmonica); Ed Peterson (saxophone); Jamil Sharif (trumpet); David Torkanowski (piano); James Singleton (acoustic bass); David Lee Watson (electric bass); Johnny Vidacovich (drums); Elaine Foster, Lisa Foster (background vocals).
    Recorded at Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, Louisiana. Includes liner notes by Bill Morrissey.
    SONGS OF MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album.
    Personnel: Bill Morrissey (vocals, guitar); Peter Keane (guitar, background vocals); Cormac McCarthy (harmonica); Ed Peterson (saxophone); Jamil Sharif (trumpet); David Torkanowsky (piano); James Singleton (acoustic bass); Elaine Foster, Lisa Foster (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Mark Wessel.
    Recording information: Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, LA.
    Photographer: Judith Broggi.
    Arrangers: Ellen Karas; Peter Keane; Bill Morrissey .
    As a singer-songwriter whose reputation rests solely on his own compositions, it's an unusual move for Bill Morrissey to record an entire album of someone else's songs. Still, so strong is the influence of country blues legend John Hurt on Morrisey's own work that the result seems as logical as it is satisfying. The artist's creaky, homespun vocal style and simple but nimble fingerpicking lend themselves naturally to these songs, all either written or popularized by Hurt. One can't accuse Morrissey of turning Hurt's music into a museum piece, though. While many of the tunes are traditional guitar-and-vocal exercises, several are updated/transformed via the addition of great New Orleans musicians on drums, piano, horns and more.

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