Son of Skip James

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Son of Skip James
Son of Skip James album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 6, 2007
StudioSounds Great Production
GenreBlues, pop, rock
LabelVerve Forecast
Dion chronology
Bronx in Blue
Son of Skip James
Tank Full of Blues

Son of Skip James is the thirtieth album by American singer/songwriter Dion. It was released on November 6, 2007 on the Verve Forecast Records label.[1] The album stayed on the Billboard Blues Albums chart for twelve weeks, peaking at #4 on November 24, 2007.[2]

The album serves as a follow-up to Dion's 2006 Grammy Award-nominated blues album, Bronx in Blue.[3] The majority of tracks on Son of Skip James are covers of well-known blues songs, some of them classics.[1] The album's title references blues legend Skip James, a friend of Dion's. Dion described the use of James's name for the album as "a kind of mission statement for the project".[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Son of Skip James
Review scores
AllMusic[1]4/5 stars
PopMatters[3]7/10 stars
Standard-Speaker[5]9/10 stars
The Philadelphia Inquirer[6]3.5/4 stars

The album was generally positively received by critics, who called out its authenticity,[1] simplicity,[7] and emotional depth.[3] The original tracks, particularly "The Thunderer", were considered to stand on equal or even superior footing to the cover tracks.[1][3] Most critics agreed that Dion had effectively personalized the covers,[1][8] although Tony Sclafani of PopMatters disagreed, calling the track selection "too familiar", and his recordings "too reverent" to bring the project fully to life.[3] Martin Halo of JamBase highlighted Dion's dedication to researching the origins of the cover songs as part of what made the album distinctive among other blues cover albums.[8]

Joel Selvin of called it "another landmark in a career littered with them".[9] Thom Jurek, writing for AllMusic, called it "one of the best records of the year".[1] Chris Jones of BBC Music called it "every inch the equal of its predecessor".[7] Nick Cristiano of The Philadelphia Inquirer found it "exceptionally warm and intuitive".[6] Despite his criticism of the track selection, Sclafani said the album "does not fall short when it comes to ass-kicking".[3] Halo felt that the album featured "master musicianship and stunning vocals", but called it "nothing we haven’t heard before."[8]

Track listing[edit]

Except where noted, credits are adapted from AllMusic.[1]

No.TitleOriginal artistLength
1."Nadine"Chuck Berry3:33
2."My Babe"Willie Dixon3:12
3."Hoodoo Man Blues"Junior Wells2:45
4."Drop Down Mama"Sleepy John Estes[5]4:12
5."Hoochie Coochie Man"Willie Dixon4:00
6."Baby I'm in the Mood"Bob Dylan3:30
7."I'm a Guitar King"Tommy McClennan3:19
8."The Thunderer"Dion4:34
9."Interlude – Spoken Word"Dion0:38
10."Son of Skip James"Dion3:29
11."Preachin' Blues"Robert Johnson[5]3:34
12."If I Had Possession (Over Judgement Day)"Robert Johnson[5]3:50
13."Devil Got My Woman"Skip James2:59


Adapted from AllMusic.[1]


  • Bob Guertin – Audio engineer, organ, percussion
  • Dion DiMucci – Audio production, composer, guitar, harmonica, producer, vocals
  • Rick Krive – Piano

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Bill Bush – Photography
  • Susan DiMucci – Photography
  • Michael Friedman – Photography
  • Richard Gottehrer – Executive producer
  • Hollis King – Art direction
  • Emily Lazar – Mastering
  • Kazumi Matsumoto – Graphic design


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Son of Skip James - Dion | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  2. ^ "Dion Son Of Skip James Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Dion: Son of Skip James". PopMatters. 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  4. ^ "'The Wanderer' Has Got the Blues". Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  5. ^ a b c d Tarone, L.A. (13 Jan 2008). "Soul-baring 'Skip James' helps Dion add to legacy". Standard-Speaker. Hazleton, Pennsylvania. p. 33. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  6. ^ a b Cristiano, Nick (25 Nov 2007). "New recordings: Country/Roots". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2019-06-27.
  7. ^ a b Jones, Chris. "BBC - Music - Review of Dion - Son Of Skip James". Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  8. ^ a b c "Dion: Son of Skip James". JamBase. 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  9. ^ "CD review: 'Son of Skip James'". SFGate. 2007-12-02. Retrieved 2018-11-19.