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The Midwest


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Audio CD, December 29, 2009
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"The Midwest" includes five new original songs and five arranged blues tunes, mostly from the first third of the 20th century. The original works include "The Midwest," a rambling narrative about growing up in Iowa in the Sixties; "Shadows," a tongue in cheek song; "New Year," a somewhat melancholy but ultimately optimistic hope for a new and better year; "Truckload of Regrets," a bluesy number; and "Picture on the Package"-a song about the discrepancy between what's on the surface and what's in the depths.

The five arranged blues numbers include Blind Boy Fuller's melancholy, minorish "Weeping Willow;" Malvinia Reynolds' nonconformist anthem "Little Boxes;" Blind Blake's humorous "Police Dog Blues;" Sleepy John Estes' "Black Mattie;" and Willie Johnson's moving song "Soul of a Man," sung a capella with harmony.

1. The Midwest (Rathje) 4:29
2. Weeping Willow (Fuller arr. Rathje) 3:36
3. Shadows (Rathje) 2:40
4. Police Dog Blues (Blake arr. Rathje) 2:46
5. New Year (Rathje) 3:11
6. Little Boxes (Reynolds) 1:47
7. Picture on the Package (Rathje) 3:59
8. Black Mattie (Estes arr. Rathje) 3:45
9. Truckload of Regrets (Rathje) 2:38
10. Soul of a Man (W. Johnson arr. Rathje) 2:49

Playing time, 31.6 minutes

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Midwest
  2. Weeping Willow
  3. Shadows
  4. Police Dog Blues
  5. New Year
  6. Little Boxes
  7. Picture on the Package
  8. Black Mattie
  9. Truckload of Regrets
  10. Soul of a Man


Product details

  • Audio CD (December 29, 2009)
  • Label: New Leaf Interactive Media, Inc.
  • Run Time: 32 minutes
  • ASIN: B0032AM990
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