Cover image for The Mississippi, river of song a musical journey down the Mississippi.
The Mississippi, river of song a musical journey down the Mississippi.
The Mississippi, river of song a musical journey down the Mississippi.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Folkways, [1998]

Physical Description:
2 audio discs : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Explores contemporary American music through encounters with contemporary musicians who have forged their styles out of the rich musical heritage found along the banks of the Mississippi. The combination of musical diversity and striking continuity found in this remarkable region, which slices through the center of the United States, is reflected by a range of artists including Soul Asylum, John Hartford, Chippewa Nation, Babes in Toyland, and the Mississippi.

Includes booklet with program notes.
Section one: The headwaters. Powwow song (Chippewa Nation) ; 22 (Babes in Toyland) ; Sail away, ladies (John Koerner) ; I did my best (Soul Asylum) ; Red-headed swede (the Skål Club Spelmanslag) ; The singing leaf (Wang Chong Lor) ; I'll open my mouth to the lord/I'll be ready (Sounds of Blackness) ; Kim Marie (Karl Hartwich) ; Jazz me blues (the Manny Lopez Quintet) ; La unica estrella (La Otra Mitad) -- section two: The midwestern crossroads. Flat stuff (Greg Brown) ; Miss Ferris (John Hartford) ; Born to be with you (the Bob Lewis Family) ; Milestone (Eugene Redmond and Sylvester "Sunshine" Lee) ; I'm so grateful (Fontella and Martha Bass) ; Stop breaking down (Oliver Sain) ; Get down, river (the Bottle Rockets) ; La Guignolée (the Ste. Genevieve Guignolée Singers) -- section three: The southern fusion. The sweetest song I know (the Boundless Love Quartet) ; T for Texas (blue yodel #1) (Sonny Burgess) ; St. Louis blues (the Memphis Horns and Ann Peebles) ; Going back to Memphis (Levon Helm and James Cotton) ; Take a little walk with me (Robert Lockwood, Jr.) ; Catfish (Big Jack Johnson) ; Shake your money maker (Big Jack Johnson and the Jelly Roll Kings) ; Grits ain't groceries (all around the world) (Little Milton) ; We praise Your holy name (the Mississippi Mass Choir) -- section four: Louisana, where music is king. Taters and gravy and chicken-fried streak (Kenny Bill Stinson) ; La porte d'en arrière (D.L. Menard) ; Bon chien (Geno Delafose) ; Marie Lavaux (David and Roselyn) ; Basin Street blues (Henry Butler) ; Time is on my side (Irma Thomas) ; Check your bucket (Eddie Bo with Henry Butler) ; Let your mind be free (Soul Rebels) ; La vida de un Jaibero (Irvan Perez).
Format :
Music CD