Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live in Dallas

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Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live in Dallas
Close-up of a man's hand playing an electric guitar in sepia tone
Live album by
ReleasedFebruary 12, 2007 (2007-02-12)
RecordedOctober 16, 2004, at the Majestic Theatre, Dallas, Texas, United States
GenreDelta blues
Length76:32
LanguageEnglish
LabelThe Blue Shoe Project
ProducerJeffry Dyson and Michael Dyson
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The Majestic Theatre in Dallas, Texas hosted this historic performance

Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live in Dallas is a live blues album, recorded in Dallas, Texas, on October 2004 by Henry James Townsend, Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins, Robert Lockwood, Jr. and David "Honeyboy" Edwards. At the event, the four blues legends were from 89 to 94 years old and represented the last performers of Delta blues from the 1920s. The concert was arranged by the 501(c)3 non-profit The Blue Shoes Project, which aims to preserve and spread awareness of roots music amongst students.[1]

Two years after the concert, both Lockwood and Townsend were dead, and by early 2011, only Edwards was still alive. He died later that year.

Critical reception[edit]

In 2007, the album was nominated for Best Traditional Blues Album[2] and won the following February at the 50th Grammy Awards.[3] It was also nominated for a Blues Music Award for Traditional Blues Album of the Year.[4] By January 2009, the album had sold less than 1,000 copies.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Robert Lockwood, Jr – "King Biscuit Time" (McKinley Morganfield) – 2:55
  2. Pinetop Perkins – "Chicken Shack" (Ike Turner) – 4:42
  3. Henry Townsend – "It's Got to End Somewhere" (Tonwsend) – 3:56
  4. David "Honeyboy" Edwards – "Catfish Blues" (Robert Petway) – 2:58
  5. Pinetop Perkins – "Down in Mississippi" (J. B. Lenoir) – 3:36
  6. Robert Lockwood, Jr. – "Hangin' On" (Robert Lockwood, Jr.) – 5:17
  7. Henry Townsend – "All My Money's Gone" (Roosevelt Sykes) – 4:57
  8. David "Honeyboy" Edwards – "Sweet Home Chicago" (Robert Johnson) – 3:09
  9. Pinetop Perkins – "Kansas City" (Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller) – 4:53
  10. Henry Townsend – "If I Asked You" (Townsend) – 6:08
  11. Robert Lockwood, Jr. – "Got to Find Me a Woman" (Lockwood) – 4:56
  12. David "Honeyboy" Edwards – "Country Boy" (Muddy Waters) – 3:13
  13. Pinetop Perkins – "Got My Mojo Working" (Preston Foster) – 5:11
  14. Henry Townsend – "If You Don't Want Me" (Townsend) – 5:59
  15. Robert Lockwood, Jr. – "For You My Love" (Lockwood) – 4:37
  16. David "Honeyboy" Edwards – "Apron Strings" (Edwards) – 1:49
  17. Henry Townsend – "Blind Girl Blues" (Townsend) – 4:21
  18. Robert Lockwood, Jr. – "See See Rider" (Lena Arnet and Ma Rainey) – 3:55

Personnel[edit]

David Honeyboy Edwards
Robert Lockwood, Jr.
Pinetop Perkins
Henry Townsend
Technical personnel
  • Anne E. Dyson – photography
  • Jeffry Dyson – executive production, production
  • Michael Dyson – executive production, production
  • Wade Griffith of Holt Design, Inc. – design
  • Paul Grupp – engineering, mastering, mixing
  • Scott Shuman – engineering, mastering, mixing, production

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Harding, Cortney (2009-01-17). "Come On in My Classroom". Billboard. 121 (2). United States: Nielsen Business Media. p. 10. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ "The Complete List of Grammy Nominees (page 3 of 5)". The New York Times. 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  3. ^ "Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live in Dallas". All Music Guide. Retrieved 2012-05-20.
  4. ^ "2007 – 28th Blues Music Awards". Blues Music Awards. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2012-05-20. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)

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