CD: Various Artists’ “Things About Comin’ My Way: A Tribute to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks”

May 17th, 2010, 3:01 pm by Greg

(Black Hen Music, 2009)

In the world of jug band music, the Memphis Jug Band is to the Beatles, as, make no mistake about it, the Mississippi Sheiks are to the Rolling Stones. One of the greatest (and most popular) pre-war country blues stringbands, the Sheiks – brothers Chatmon (Sam, Lonnie and Armenter) and neighbor-fiddler Walter Vinson – recorded nearly 100 singles between 1930-1935. Without question, the Sheiks’ best known song to this day is their classic “Sitting on Top of the World,” which has been covered by such diverse fans as Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, the Grateful Dead, Howlin’ Wolf, Carl Perkins, Bob Dylan and Jack White.

But as you might expect, there are dozens of other genuine gems hidden in the rest of their song catalog, and this album aims to bring them to the ears of a whole new generation.

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