Reviews for Down In Mississippi
Kellerman plays Mel’s Gibson Super 400 and adds bass & drums where needed. Matt Weidinger plays keys. Miss Angel’s growth as a blues singer is immediately evident on “Down In Mississippi”. It’s just guitar and piano behind Miss Angel here, nothing fancy, a downhome blues that’ll have you wishing you were in Clarksdale with her. But if you were in Clarksdale you would hear a much more comtemporary sound in the clubs and that’s what Miss Angel offers up for the next few songs. “Say It Ain’t So”, “Honey Doo” & “I Like Your Soul” are all excellent modern blues. “It’s A Bad Night To Be A Stray Dog” is one of Fruteland Jackson’s unconventional songs, taking Miss Angel out of her comfort zone but she handles it very well indeed. It appears to be a song that’s been in reserve a while, with Mel Brown himself on acoustic guitar & piano. The gospel standard “Thank You Lord” is up next with a full quartet backing her. It sounds like it might have been recorded in a church in Clarksdale. Lucky Peterson takes over on keys for another gospel song, “This Train”, perhaps from the same Clarksdale session. Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “16 Tons” gets a nicely bluesy treatment with a fine vocal.
The disc ends as it began with a fine downhome blues, “Blues in the Alley”, written by Miss Angel. This album is going to be treated a little differently by Electro-Fi: you’ll have to get the actual CD from Miss Angel herself or from www.electrofi.com. Otherwise it will only be available as a download from iTunes, it will not be in retail stores.
MAPLE BLUES MAGAZINE