Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Album – Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Still in the planning stages here, but things are really getting haywire trying to sort everyone out. Just confirmed Bob Brozman today, which is a thrill. Bob and I go back quite a ways… we met in Slovakia about 7 years ago, and had a blast. We did alot of jamming and causing mischief… we played at a festival called “dobrofest” which was wild. One of the organizers walked onstage as Bob and I were playing some frenzied improv and started pouring “dobrovitchka” down our throats – the national booze, I guess… bob wisely let it trickle down his beard, but I am young and foolish. The next day I was so hungover and bed-ridden that the organizer responsible walked up to Bob and said “I’m sorry I killed Steve” very earnestly. good times. but i digress.

So, Bob and I are crossing paths at the Canmore Folk Festival in Alberta this summer. We’re going to both get in a bit early and get a tune done for the tribute, hopefully at the banff centre, a great facility a few miles down the road.

Also, my pal Kelly Joe Phelps has been performing “living in a strain” at his recent shows (a sheiks tune), and sent me a really wicked version he did at home on his National guitar. He’s such a wicked guitar player and singer. He’ll just do a solo piece and it’ll be awesome. It’ll really take the sheiks in a twisted new direction.

So here’s how it’s looking so far:
Geoff Muldaur and the Texas Sheiks – “The World Is Goin’ Wrong” (this has already been recorded in Austin, Texas)

Kelly Joe Phelps – “Living In A Strain” (I will record this in Vancouver in September)

The Carolina Chocolate Drops – “Too Long” (recording this in Ottawa)

John Hammond – “Stop and Listen Blues” (also recording this in Ottawa)

Bob Brozman (not sure which tune yet) (recording this in Canmore)

There are more great artists confirmed, but I can’t let all the cats out of all the bags…

fun… the tracking will start in July, so stay tuned on how all the madness shakes down.

More info and order the CD here:



~ by stevedawson on October 6, 2008.

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