Win a special Mississippi Sheiks Tribute package

Mississippi Sheiks Tribute concert posterNOTE: This contest is now closed. Stay tuned, though, as we'll be announcing our winners shortly.

Who is your favorite artist on the Mississippi Sheiks Tribute, and why? Two lucky winners will each receive a complete Mississippi Sheiks Tribute package including:

A copy of the Mississippi Sheiks Tribute - Live in Vancouver DVD (featuring John Hammond, Van Dyke Parks, Bob Brozman, Geoff Muldaur, Alvin Youngblood Hart and many more!), Mississippi Sheiks Tribute CD - "Things About Comin' My Way", a poster autographed by all 17 artists on the CD (shown here, minus the autographs), and a Mississippi Sheiks Tribute T-shirt.

Check out Doug Heselgrave's review of the tribute concert, featuring Steve Dawson, John Hammond, Jim Byrnes, Van Dyke Parks and many more. And, here's Grant's review of the album.

Black Hen Music announces a September 21 release date for the new DVD, The Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Concert – Live in Vancouver, featuring performances by Dave Alvin, John Hammond, Van Dyke Parks, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Geoff Muldaur, Jim Byrnes and many others. The DVD will be distributed in the U.S. by Burnside Distribution. Included on the DVD are 13 songs of Mississippi Sheiks music, culminating with an onstage grand finale of all the artists performing the band’s classic, “Sitting on Top of the World.” The DVD also includes exclusive interviews with several of the show’s performers, plus backstage footage and a behind-the-scenes look at rehearsals before the show.

The music on the DVD was made as a companion to the critically-acclaimed 2009 CD release, Things About Comin’ My Way – A Tribute to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks, which was nominated for a Blues Music Award by the Blues Foundation.

“The opportunity to put on a show like this doesn’t come around very often…maybe just once in a lifetime,” says Black Hen Music label head Steve Dawson, who also produced the DVD. “It was an incredible experience bringing these people to Vancouver to pay tribute to the Mississippi Sheiks. My hope is that with this continuing project, we can help to shed some light on the stellar body of work that this band recorded in the 1930s.”

The Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Concert – Live in Vancouver was filmed over two nights in March as the last event of the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, which ran during the Winter Olympics. The concert DVD also features the same house band that performed on the CD: Steve Dawson (guitars), Matt Chamberlain (drums), Wayne Horvitz (keyboards), Keith Lowe (bass) and Daniel Lapp (fiddle, trumpet).

As one writer said in No Depression after seeing the show, it was “A concert for the ages…by the time Dawson and company took the stage at eight o’clock last night, all of the barriers had come down, and intuition was given free rein. And while the blues – like reggae – isn’t the hardest music in the world to play from a technical standpoint, feeling is essential and something that can’t be learned from a book or a lesson. Thankfully, feeling was at a premium throughout the more than three hours of music the sold out audience was treated to – as the blues was revitalized and given new life before their eyes and ears.”

The Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Concert – Live in Vancouver - Track Listing

1) Introduction
2) Things About Comin’ My Way – Oh Susanna
3) Sweet Maggie – The Sojourners
4) Poor Boy – Geoff Muldaur
5) Gulf Coast Bay – Steve Dawson
6) Keep on Tryin’ – Colin James
7) Church Bell Blues – Bob Brozman
8) It’s Backfirin’ Now – Van Dyke Parks
9) I’ve Got Blood in My Eyes for You – Robin Holcomb
10) Tell Me What the Cats Are Fighting About – Jim Byrnes
11) Livin’ in a Strain – Alvin Youngblood Hart
12) Kind Treatment – John Hammond
13) Who’s Been Here - Dave Alvin and Christy McWilson
14) Sitting on Top of the World – Everyone

To enter the contest post a comment letting us know who your favorite artist on the compilation is and why. The deadline for your posts is 11:59 PST October 12th, 2010.

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Comment by Adam Sheets on October 5, 2010 at 8:50am
I'm torn between two of these artists. It's very hard to argue with Van Dyke Parks as a pure songwriter and in fact his 1967 album Song Cycle is one of the great albums of the decade. Not to mention the numerous production credits, most notably with Ry Cooder and the Beach Boys.

But I'm going to go with Alvin Youngblood Hart simply because he represents so much of Americana music. We all know that he is one of the best acoustic blues guitarists and singers out there right now (his 1996 debut Big Mama's Door was the album that introduced me to the world of modern blues), but he is also equally adept when the instrument as plugged in and his music runs the gamut from Western swing and reggae to hard rock and pure country. His crowning achievement for me may be his work as the banjo player with the South Memphis String Band who made their debut earlier this year. In short, he is everything I love about music wrapped into one package.
Comment by h Grape Minkoff on October 5, 2010 at 8:52am
My fave rave is Van Dyke Parks.
He takes a traditional tune and morphs it through his kaleidoscopic orchestral filter into his unique and beautiful arrangement. Never a dull moment listening to his work or his interpretation of others.

Lucky enough to have seen him on Saturday in Brooklyn. Go way out of your way if he comes anywhere near you. He has been blowing my mind for 42 years.
Comment by Bill Long on October 5, 2010 at 8:53am
Van Dyke Parks. He's been a background contributor to many musicians and I like his solo work. Lyrics are good and melodies are fun.
Comment by jack ripple on October 5, 2010 at 9:08am
John Hammond. His support and efforts to increase awareness of so many other artists over the years makes this an easy choice for me. I am so looking forward to listening to all of the songs on the Mississippi Sheiks Tribute. Cheers!
Comment by Ken Price on October 5, 2010 at 9:11am
I am also torn between 2 artist, John Hammond and Dave Alvin but I will go with John Hammond. John has been a mainstay in the blues/roots arena for years now and has really done a lot to promote this type of music. The first time I ever saw him was on a street corner during the Bessie Smith Strut (Chattanooga, TN) back in the 80's and I was not familiar with him (was just getting into the blues). He blew me away. Since then I have seen him many times and he never fails to deliver. Another great thing about John is even though blues is typically a live experience John can pull a lot of that feeling into a studio album. Case in point would be Wicked Grin which is all covers written by Tom Waitts. Although not traditional blues songs, John does something magical with this album. So all in all, I would say that John my favorite of all the great artist on this project.
Comment by Michael Cerveris on October 5, 2010 at 9:17am
John Hammond, because....well he's John Hammond. That should be explanation enought.
Comment by Michael Cerveris on October 5, 2010 at 9:19am
Although I once bought a green 67 Dodge Dart from Dave Alvin's mom...it ran for years. So, I've always had a bit of an attatchment to the Alvin family.
Comment by Steve Lewis on October 5, 2010 at 9:21am
very tough choice - I'll go with Dave Alvin - have been a longtime fan - very versatile artist. runner up to Steve Dawson for his work and putting this all together
Comment by michael allen on October 5, 2010 at 10:15am
John Hammond w/AYH a very close second. I saw John a few months ago & am truly amazed at his continued energy level and commitment to every song am
nd blues history, tales, etc.
Comment by Kevin Becketti on October 5, 2010 at 10:31am
This sounds amazing! I'm going with Dave Alvin for the influence he's had on my musical evolution. As an undergrad at UCLA in the early '80s, The Blasters and X opened my ears to roots-rock and punk-country, which I've been digging ever since. When he co-produced Tulare Dust I finally went back and got hip to Merle (I know, I'm embarrassingly late to every party), who of course I now adore. Through his acoustic music and now his work with the Guilty Women, which I enjoyed live at Bumbershoot and HSB, he's part of my current enthusiasm in collaborative string music. More to the point, as a big, tall dude (I'm talking me here, but it goes for Dave too), I love a man who ain't afraid to sing deep and low.

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