on October 15, 2008
These four remaining blues prodigies are incredible in this album, and any blues fan will be very impressed by the overall sound, song selections, and arrangements of the songs on this album! Mississippi Delta Blues music is a real treasure and these four gentlemen are incredible testaments to that genre. Their enthusiasm is still there after all these years.
on October 21, 2010
I have had the privilege of meeting each of these gentlemen personally. In fact, I am working on Robert Lockwood Jr.'s biography after dozens of hours of interviews. I count Robert Jr., Pinetop and Honeyboy among those I would consider friends which whom I have spoken on many occasions. I've heard them play together several times.
YOU WANT TO ENJOY THIS CD.
This is a very special concert. First, The musicians are the "real deal." The presentation and strong backing band showcase each of these historic musicians more effectively than their other recordings at the time. The music value is so strong that you will find yourself talking about each of these historic bluesmen's strengths not weaknesses. The entertainment value here and musicianship are high.
Honeyboy Edwards was first recorded by the Library of Congress in 1942.
He and Pinetop are the only surviving members of this group which at one time included Homesick James Elmore James' cousin as well. Hubert Sumlin would have made this team on merit and historical importance alone.
Robert Lockwood Jr. was one of the last surviving pre-WWII recorded bluesmen. He first recorded in 1941 for RCA Bluebird in 1941. He died four years ago at 91, ironically on the 65th anniversary of the Original King Biscuit Time on which he starred with Sonny Boy Williamson. In his final year he toured the world, played his regular gig at Fat Fish Blue in downtown Cleveland and was featuredd on many blues festivals.
Henry Townsend was first to record in 1929.
Pinetop Perkins was the las to record in 1953 for Sun Records, a cover of Pinetop Smith's "Pinetop's Boggie Woggie." He is the brilliant blues pianist who students included Ike Turner.
As early as 1942 he was part of Sonny Boy Williamson II's King Biscuit Entertainers.
on January 18, 2008
This Grammy-nominated album is a pure performance emanating from the souls of 4 of the Last Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen.
All acquainted with Robert Johnson the Father of Blues, these 4 men, all 90+ years of age, gathered together in Dallas, Texas at the Majestic Theater and continued their storied history as blues music icons.
Hear their searing magic and have a part of Blues History in your collection. I have bought this album and given it to friends who want to know more about the blues.
on December 26, 2010
this is a great cd! and an historic show. (i uploaded a handbill) all the performers were great! i especially enjoyed Honey Boy who played electric guitar solo. his guitar looked like he'd modified it some. another of the highlights was when Pinetop Perkins was doing his set, a band called 'Diunnah Greenleaf and Blue Mercy' were backing him up. Pinetop, Diunnah and Blue Mercy really rocked the joint when they covered Robert Johnson's Hellhound on my Trail. Diunnah and Blue Mercy later won the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. they're out of Conroe Texas, keep yer eyes and ears peeled for them!.
i hope a video of this comes out some day, as they had video equipment there that night, too.
on March 25, 2008
If you like traditional, old style blues, you will love "Live in Dallas." Put this in the CD player, shut your eyes and it will transport you back to the good old days when music was meant to be played loudly, in smokey bar rooms with old friends. Buy it. This one won't disappoint.