Album Reviews

Music You Don't Know You Like Yet

VARIOUS ARTISTS

Things About Comin' My Way: A Tribute to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks

2009-10-19

The Mississippi Sheiks were one of the most popular blues groups of the 1930s, centered around the duo of Walter Vinson and Lonnie Chatmon (with other members, mainly Lonnie's brothers Sam and Armenter). The Shieks' most famous tune, "Sittin' on Top of the World," has been recorded by everyone from Howlin' Wolf to Bob Dylan to Jack White. Canadian musician Steve Dawson assembles a predominately Canadian line-up of guests in this set to give the Sheiks' catalog either a straightforward or fresh delivery. The North Mississippi All-Stars get things rocking from the get-go with "It's Backfirin' Now" and there are solid entries from Bruce Cockburn, Kelly Joe Phelps and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Two women on this disc deliver the best renditions: Madeline Peyroux's sultry "Please Baby" and the relatively unknown Ndidi Onukwulu on the title track. A great set and a fitting tribute to an important, yet overlooked, blues legacy group. Michael J. 10/09 B-Roots (Delta)

Quick Links:

More reviews tagged #Blues

  • reviewed 06/2009

    BJ ALLEN & BLUE VOODOO
    HEARTLESS

  • reviewed 07/2012

    LIL' CLIFF & THE CLIFFHANGERS
    THE LOVIN' KIND

  • reviewed 10/2008

    MARC BROUSSARD
    Keep Coming Back

  • reviewed 04/2016

    John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
    Live in 1967 vol. 2

  • reviewed 01/2012

    DICKY JAMES AND THE BLUE FLAMES
    Hard Rain

  • reviewed 04/2018

    TERESA JAMES & THE RHYTHM TRAMPS
    HERE IN BABYLON

Compiled by the WYCE Journalism Club

The opinions expressed in these reviews are those of the individual volunteers that submitted the article and do not necessarily reflect the views of WYCE or GRCMC; nor its staff, donors, or affiliates.