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  • Audio CD (September 22, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Tradition & Moderne
  • ASIN: B002H3ET96
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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U.S. roots music legend Geoff Muldaur called and everyone came to join him: Stephen Bruton, Johnny Nicholas, Cindy Cashdollar, Suzy Thompson, Bruce Hughes and special guest Jim Kweskin, jugband music man extraordinaire. Reflecting the golden era of traditional American music, the Austin 'Texas Sheiks' sessions turned into a unique and moving event. Irresistible and obscure pieces of classic blues, string band, Texas swing and jump blues repertoire, sung and played with masterful expertise, great authority and captivating joy.

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The Texas Sheiks' record is Traditional American Music of extremely high caliber. I think of it as modernist classical music. --T-Bone Burnett

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So I will let you guess what my next question was.
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Whatever your musical tastes, you can hear the tasteful and assured touch of each and every one of them.
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And Stephen Bruton is typically wonderful on a multitude of instruments.
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55 of 55 people found the following review helpful By bonsaipark on September 27, 2009
Format: Audio CD
About a year before Texas guitarist Stephen Bruton's recent death, he and a few other friends were recruited by Geoff Muldaur to cut a song for a planned Mississippi Sheiks tribute. The group's version of "The World Is Going Wrong" was the first song completed for that project, but they also put a few other Sheiks songs in the can at the time.

Working together proved to be so much fun that "The Texas Sheiks" (which also included Suzy Thompson, Cindy Cashdollar, Johnny Nicholas, Bruce Hughes, and guest Sheik Jim Kweskin) decided to record a full album. This CD is the result. The full track list (along with the artist who was the primary model for the Sheiks' recording) is:

1. The World Is Going Wrong (The Mississippi Sheiks, 1931)
2. All By Myself (Big Bill Broonzy & Washboard Sam, 1953 remake)
3. Poor Boy (Banjo Joe, aka Gus Cannon, 1927)
4. Fan It (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, 1936)
5. Hard Time Killin' Floor (Skip James, 1931)
6. Sweet To Mama (The Beale Street Sheiks: Frank Stokes & Dan Sane, 1927)
7. Don't Sell It, Don't Give It Away (Oscar "Buddy" Woods, 1937)
8. Cairo (Henry Spaulding, 1929)
9. Under The Chicken Tree (Earl McDonald's Original Louisville Jug Band, 1927)
10. Please, Baby (The Mississippi Sheiks, 1931)
11. Blues In The Bottle (Prince Albert Hunt's Texas Ramblers, 1928)
12. Right Now Blues (Frank Stokes, 1929)
13. Travellin' Riverside (Robert Johnson, 1937)
14. Yellow Dog Blues (Wise String Orchestra, 1929)

Geoff Muldaur sings lead on about half of the songs. The others are split between Jim Kweskin, Johnny Nicholas, and Bruce Hughes, with an instrumental to close the album.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Peters Day on December 6, 2009
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Muldaur does it again.In this age of so much over produced unmelodic music, Geoff Muldaur along with Jim Kweskin play real american music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dan Schulman on December 24, 2009
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Texas Sheiks are the real thing from a Super Group. Remember the Travelin' Wilbury's? Make way for the Sheiks 5 star sound.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jack Vaughan on December 9, 2009
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I picked up on this courtesy of Terry Gross radio show Fresh Air. This is like best midwestern dirt - you can eat it, like Granpappy Amos said. Etheral pickup banding. It's a steel guitar going down hill with Three Stooges beer kegs. Looking for the come back of the string band era, Bunky? - Gee this his it! Geoff Muldar in great form - I have only once seen sign of John Nicholas since he left Cambridge, but hoo-boy there he is. Cindy Cashdollar..why isnt every evening full of this yes-yes? all bunch in form with the lowdown blues sound - for a cause..to ease the burden of Stephen Bruton.. in what turned out to be his last days - but 'weep no more, mary' cause the essential element of the universe is here. And that is worth something. You should have bought this thing like five minutes ago, get it? Ponk! Splott! I swear it wont be long. Stephen left, Skip James gone, get it while you can and pass it around. And if you slurp wipe it off, right? The women in Cairo treat you nice and sweet - knock you off your feet. So get with it, k?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scrapironjazzerino on February 11, 2010
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Previous reviewers have fleshed it out pretty good, so I'll be brief. You take THESE MUSICIANS, playing THESE songs, mix in their years of FRIENDSHIP and EXPERIENCE, and what do you get? Powerful ensemble PLAYING of the HIGHEST ORDER. Sublime and a whole lot of fun to boot. As usual, Geoff and Jim set a standard to which we all can aspire. Great stuff, just great. This is the best of what America has to offer. THANKS YOU GUYS!!!! and Gals!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By texilla on December 25, 2009
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This is an amazing recording by a group of excellent musicians. Whatever your musical tastes, you can hear the tasteful and assured touch of each and every one of them. Geoff Muldaur ages like Sean Connery. Jim Kweskin's voice echoes Steve Goodman. Cindy Cashdollar and my homegirl Suzy Thompson are fabulous! Oh Lordy Mama!
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