Mary Flower | Bywater Dance

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Bywater Dance

by Mary Flower

Funky and folky, bluesy and beautiful - sometimes sounds like Memphis Minnie fronting the Hot Five. But though she can recreate prewar blues with the best of them, Mary Flower isn't content to be just another curator of the classic blues museum.
Genre: Blues: Jazzy Blues
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1. Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me
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2. Raise the Devil
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3. Crow Jane
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4. New Orleans Hop Scop Blues
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5. La Grippe
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6. Last Kind Word Blues
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7. Terminal Rag
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8. Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
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9. Papa's On the Housetop
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10. Hudson River Rag
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11. Nobody's Fault But Mine
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12. Main Street Blues
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13. Built Right On the Ground
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14. Good News Waltz
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Album Notes
"Elegant" and "funky" aren't words you'd expect to find in the same sentence, let alone used to describe the same album. But Mary Flower, one of America's finest blues and roots performers, pulls off that feat with Bywater Dance. A singer with a rich, sultry voice and an accomplished fingerstyle guitarist who also plays flawless lap slide, she reaches to the deepest roots of American roots music for her Yellow Dog Records debut.

Bywater Dance brought Mary to a steamy district just downriver from the French Quarter, where her masterful guitar was joined by some of the Big Easy's finest - Henry Butler, Jon Cleary and Dr. Michael White, among others. You'll hear rolling rhum-boogie piano, moaning Creole clarinet, ragtime washboard and primally funky sousaphone, as Mary is joined by each partner in turn for a marvelous musical dance.

The result sometimes sounds like Memphis Minnie fronting the Hot Five - neither strictly traditional acoustic blues nor straight New Orleans jazz, but a bewitching blend of both that is something new and different. Funky and folky, bluesy and beautiful, Bywater Dance is one irresistible musical journey.


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nick sawczynec

mary flowers=bywater dance
Ihave had this cd for years and it is one of my favorite New Orleans acoustic blues cd's. Excellent cd.