The Memphis Sheiks | Diamond in the Bluff

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Blues: Acoustic Blues Blues: Delta Style
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Diamond in the Bluff

by The Memphis Sheiks

Spunky blues; another batch of clever, original tunes enhanced by Robert Nighthawk's piano and harmonica wizardry.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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1. Send Me An Angel Down
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3:47 album only
2. I Watch My Stuff
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3:15 album only
3. Memories
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3:07 album only
4. Head To My Shoes
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4:30 album only
5. Mr. Crump Don't Like It
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3:56 album only
6. Don't Feel Like Talkin' Today
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4:30 album only
7. Cheese 'N Eggs
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5:13 album only
8. 21st Century Blues Man
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2:55 album only
9. Tons Of Love
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2:19 album only
10. Land Of Make Believe
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3:43 album only
11. Diamond in the Bluff
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4:42 album only


Album Notes
Delta Joe Sanders grew up on Glover Plantation in Desoto County, Mississippi. His father ran the 10,000 acre peration where the family lived and at an early age, Joe developed a kinship with the help, who also lived on the plantation.
"My first [musical] influence was the farm help playing the blues. When I was about ten I remember one day out walking in the cold. I came upon one of the houses on the plantation. They invited me in to get warm. The kitchen was smelling right. Everyone was sitting around the table."
His lyrics, often deceptively simple, range from humourous anectdotes of love-gone-wrong to insightful reflections of the struggle to survive in a fast pace world far removed from the earthiness of the Mississippi Delta. Joe describes his songwriting this way: "A song starts working on me, sort of how pearls are made. They just start agitating. . . "
In 1980, Joe began playing professionallly in a country band in Mississippi. It was only a matter of time before he decided to follow his heart and get back to the blues. For most of the 80's he played solo gigs in Memphis, where he resided until his father's death while Joe wa in high school. Knowing the difficulty of finding musicians dedicated to traditional delta blues, Joe was content to play acoustic solo gigs until one night in 1991 when Robert Nighthawk II asked to sit in on harmonica. The chemistry between the bluesman was so strong that they have been playing together ever since. A high profile musician in the Memphis blues scene, Robert Nighthawk II has fronted The Wampus Cats since forming the band in 1978. Having recorded at Inside Sounds with The Wampus Cats, Robert invited Joe to the studio in 1993 to cut a few tracks. The result was Slow-Cooked Pig Meat, the debut recording of The Memphis Sheiks. Two more CD's are already near completion and scheduled for release in 1995. The Memphis Sheiks are on a mission: when Robert Nighthawk II is heard saying (as he often does) "let's go forth and make a joyful noise," he's not just whistling Dixie


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These vocals are addictive! I can't stop playing this CD.

Harvey Hicks

Great CD. Love the Sheiks!
CD is great. Received it promptly w/o problem. Thanks guys!


Smiling and toe tapping guaranteed
Part Mississippi John Hurt, part Roy BookBinder, part Leon Redbone, all Memphis Sheiks!! Smiling and toe tapping guaranteed.