Big Joe Shelton | Ridin' a Chicken

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Ridin' a Chicken

by Big Joe Shelton

Rock Blues, Contemporary Blues, Traditional Blues
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Put the Chairs in the Wagon
4:45 $0.99
2. Ridin' a Chicken
4:53 $0.99
3. Got so Hot
5:49 $0.99
4. I Done Got Tired
3:49 $0.99
5. Just Let Me Bleed
4:13 $0.99
6. Inhale Blessings
3:37 $0.99
7. No Man's Land
2:54 $0.99
8. Pool Hall Red
5:09 $0.99
9. Lorraine
4:10 $0.99
10. Too Wet to Plow
5:41 $0.99
11. Time to Go Home
6:08 $0.99
12. My Future Lies Behind Me Now
4:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ridin' A Chicken is Blues Music Award nominee Big Joe Shelton's new release on the ALT 45 RECORDS label. It was recorded in Columbus Mississippi in January 2017. It includes 12 original tracks all written by Big Joe. The songs are inspired by the people, places and culture of his beloved Mississippi. He is backed up by his touring band, The Black Prairie Blues Ambassadors: Ben Ferrell - guitar, Ed Swan - bass, and Bob Damm - percussion. They are joined by Bobby Shannon - keys, Doug Thomas - sax, and Susan Alcorn Lobato - pedal steel guitar.

Big Joe Shelton was born in the Black Prairie region of Northeast Mississippi. As a child growing up in a small Mississippi town he was exposed to an African- American culture which still strongly reflected that of the early part of the twentieth century. He attended tent minstrel shows, bar-b-que picnics and heard street musicians performing authentic, traditional blues. The Black Belt region is also the birthplace of blues legends Howlin’ Wolf, Bukka White and Big Joe Williams. As a young man he was fortunate in befriending Williams and this association greatly influenced his musical sensibilities.

"The Older I Get The Better I Was" the title track of his 2011 release was nominated for a 2012 Blues Music Award where he and his band, The Black Prairie Blues Ambassadors, performed in the 33rd BMA Awards show in Memphis TN.

Big Joe has performed at numerous festivals and clubs throughout the southeastern United States including: 2012 Blues Music Awards, King Biscuit Blues Festival, Mississippi Delta Blues and Heritage Festival, Bukka White Blues Festival, Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival, Freedom Creek Blues Festival, Beal Street Mess Around, Bentonia (MS) Blues Festival, Rolling Fork (MS) Blues Festival, Rosedale (MS) Crossroads Festival. He has also toured England, France, Belgium, Bulgaria and the Netherlands.

He is a 2010 / 2011 Mississippi Arts Commission Artist Fellowship recipient and is a member of their “Artist Roster” as well as their “Mississippi Folk Arts / Folk life Directory”. He was honored in 2007 by being included on the “Columbus / Cat Fish Alley” Mississippi Blues Trail Marker.



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