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Made in Mississippi

by Sons of the Delta

Acoustic and electric Delta blues with passion, honesty and a contemporary twist. Featuring blues legends Pinetop Perkins and Sam Carr.
Genre: Blues: Delta Style
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It's Me
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4:01 $0.99
2. Crying Down in Clarksdale
Sons of the Delta
10:05 $0.99
3. Pickin' With Phil
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3:16 $0.99
4. You Can't Have the Hoo Without the Do
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2:49 $0.99
5. I Wish Somebody
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4:33 $0.99
6. Clarksdale Strut
Sons of the Delta
2:44 $0.99
7. eBay Blues
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3:56 $0.99
8. One More Time
Sons of the Delta (feat. Pinetop Perkins)
6:02 $0.99
9. Train Roll
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4:59 $0.99
10. I'm Moving On
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7:00 $0.99
11. Standing on the Edge
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5:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
A raw, passionate blend of traditional and original electric/acoustic juke joint & street corner delta blues. Sons of the Delta are two of the top bluesmen in the SouthWest UK - Mark Cole (Maxwell Street Blues Band, the Dockery Boys) and Rick Edwards (the Blueshounds, Hocus Pocus Blues). Between them they have nearly 50 years experience of playing the blues both in Europe and the USA and have played with or opened for many blues greats including Pinetop Perkins, Sam Carr, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Eddie C. Campbell, Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup, Kent DuChaine, Alvin Lee, Dr. Feelgood, Paul Lamb & Connie Lush.

This album was recorded at Delta Recording, the studio of former Squirrel Nut Zipper Jimbo Mathus, in downtown Clarksdale Mississippi and in the Crossroads Shack of the Shackup Inn, Hopson Plantation, Clarksdale MS. It features guest appearances by blues legends Pinetop Perkins and Sam Carr plus Clarksdale guitar ace 'Big T' Williams. The rhyhthm section is the wonderful team of Eric 'Bassfingers' Lanier on bass and Jeff 'drummerboy' Hayes on drums.

Here's what some people have said about the Sons of the Delta:

"You guys are the real deal!"
Will Dawson (sound engineer at Delta Recording Studio, Clarksdale, Mississippi)

"I really liked those Elmore James numbers - you got 'that tone' just right"
Kent DuChaine

"You guys have really got a good little unit there...
I thought that was pretty darn good - you don't have to take a back seat to anybody"
Sonny 'Sunshine' Payne (legendary presenter of King Biscuit Time on Radio KFFA, Helena, Arkansas)

"They are exceptional"
John Roberts (Bullfrog Blues Club organiser)



to write a review

Gordon Baxter - Blues in Britain magazine (issue 55)

"Made In Mississippi" is a belter of an album...Britain's Jelly Roll Kings
For their second outing, the Sons of the Delta (Mark Cole and Rick Edwards) decamped to their spiritual homeland (Clarksdale, MS). In addition to recording "Made in Mississippi" with a little help from their friends, they also played several dates including Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero club.

Somewhat ironically, the album opens with a classic rocking Chicago style blues, "It's Me", which grabs the listener's attention. The first of two very famous friends (Pinetop Perkins) then takes his seat for the epic "Cryin' Down In Clarksdale", delivered Muddy Waters style, later returning to lead the band through his own "One More Time". Elsewhere Sam Carr anchors things in his inimitable style on the Wolf-like "You Can't Have The Hoo Without The Do", the excellent Hill Country stylings of "I Wish Somebody", and "eBay Blues" which gives a 21st Century twist to the "My baby done left me" tale.

The album is mostly recorded using a classic core line-up (guitar, harp, bass, drums), but Cole and Edwards are equally at ease in an acoustic setting. This is neatly demonstrated on "Pickin' With Phil" (Phil Wooten, 2nd guitar), "Clarksdale Strut", and "Train Roll" (with Stan Street on harp). It is the full band though , with Terry "Big T" Williams, that heads homewards on "I'm Moving On", calling to mind "The Thrill Is Gone", before closing out in the best Jimmy Reed style with "Standing On The Edge".

"Made In Mississippi" is a belter of an album. Mark Cole and Rick Edwards, do not just "play" the Blues, they "feel" it too. This gives them the edge over many of their contemporaries, because they add their own original twist to what some perceive as the tired idiom of the Blues. If they can maintain this standard, they could easily find themselves being lauded as Britain's Jelly Roll Kings.

Eric Braden

Great Travel CD
We spend a lot of time in Clarksdale at the Shack Up Inn hanging out with Stan Street and this is a great cd to travel with. Amazing work from every artist involved.

Linda Fisher (Blues in Britain contributor)

Definitely one to add to the collection.
Here’s another excellent CD from Sons of the Delta with Mark Cole and Rick Edwards doing what they do best; playing no nonsense, street corner blues straight from the heart and just for the hell of it.

Made in Mississippi is the result of time spent in Clarksdale, exploring the history of the blues and playing with the locals. Some very special guests put in an appearance on this album including Pinetop Perkins, Sam Carr and Terry ‘Big T’ Williams and the live recording captures the spirit of an impromptu jam session with experienced musicians, all of whom have a real feel for the blues and are clearly having a good time.

Definitely one to add to the collection.