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Jessie Mae Hemphill: She-Wolf

Track List

>She-Wolf
>Standing in My Doorway Crying
>Jump, Baby, Jump
>Take Me Home With You, Baby
>Black Cat Bone
>Boogie 'Side the Road
>Hard Times
>Crawdad Hole
>Married Man Blues
>Honey Bee
>Overseas Blues
>Loving in the Moonlight
>Bullyin' Well
>Jessie's Boogie
>My Lord Do Just What He Say

Album Reviews:

Musician (5/98, p.91) - "...this funky rave-up collects the first recordings of the Como, Mississippi native, who's a stirring singer and gracefully idiosyncratic guitarist. Muddy Waters, Memphis Minne, Howlin' Wolf...and other immortals haunt Hemphill's music....Listen and be transported..."

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Jessie Mae Hemphill (vocals); David Evans (guitar); Joe Hicks (drums).

Liner Note Authors: Jessie Mae Hemphill; David Evans .

Recording information: Como, Mississippi (07/22/1979); Senatobia, Mississippi (07/22/1979); Shoe Productions Studio, Memphis (07/22/1979); The Center for Southern Folklore, Memphis (07/22/1979); Como, Mississippi (07/22/1980); Senatobia, Mississippi (07/22/1980); Shoe Productions Studio, Memphis (07/22/1980); The Center for Southern Folklore, Memphis (07/22/1980); Como, Mississippi (07/27/1980); Senatobia, Mississippi (07/27/1980); Shoe Productions Studio, Memphis (07/27/1980); The Center for Southern Folklore, Memphis (07/27/1980); Como, Mississippi (11/04/1979); Senatobia, Mississippi (11/04/1979); Shoe Productions Studio, Memphis (11/04/1979); The Center for Southern Folklore, Memphis (11/04/1979); Como, Mississippi (12/05/1980); Senatobia, Mississippi (12/05/1980); Shoe Productions Studio, Memphis (12/05/1980); The Center for Southern Folklore, Memphis (12/05/1980).

This compact disc reissue gathers up all the original tracks from Jessie Mae's 1980 debut album for the French Vogue label along with four remixed bonus tracks, all seeing their first domestic release. Recorded by folklorist Dr. David Evans (who also contributes second guitar on 13 of the 15 tracks here) in various locales around Memphis and Mississippi, the music stays down-home and primal throughout. There's a strong sense of rhythm that permeates this record, whether it comes from the fife and drum-derived percussion work of Calvin Jackson and Joe Hicks or simply Jessie Mae's own foot-operated tambourine driving the beat home. Highlights include "Jessie's Boogie" and "Standing In My Doorway Crying" (both sides of her first 45 single, underwritten by the National Endowment for the Arts), "Honey Bee," "Boogie Side of the Road," "Crawdad Hole," "Lovin' In the Moonlight," "Married Man Blues" and the title track. The blues, real and raw. ~ Cub Koda



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