Mama Says I'm Crazy

Mama Says I'm Crazy

Artist: Mississippi Mcdowell Fred

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Catalog: 80364
Genre: Blues/Jazz
Released: 11/12/2002
UPC: 045778036424

Mama Says I'm Crazy
Mama Says I'm Crazy

Artist: Mississippi Mcdowell Fred
1. Shake 'Em on Down
2. Goin' Away
3. Mama Says I'm Crazy
4. I Got a Woman
5. Red Cross Store
6. Going Down to the River
7. Standing at the Back Door
8. What's Going to Become of Me
9. Long Haired Doney
10. John Henry
11. I Walked All Night Long


Less than a decade after he was "discovered" by Library of Congressfolklorist Alan Lomax, "Mississippi" Fred McDowell sat down with GeorgeMitchell to record these 11 tracks. But, as McDowell ably demonstrates, no discoverywas necessary—Fred knew where he was the whole time. The locale, friends,was in the north Mississippi hill country—Panola County, to be exact—nottoo far from the Stuckey's service station where Fred pumped gas five daysa week.

Down in Panola County, folks still call the late McDowell "Shake ‘EmOn Down" after his trademark song. Wonder why? Drop this disc in your CDplayer, and turn it up real loud. Hear that chunky rhythm overlaid with a meanslide lick? That's pure "Mississippi" Fred, all slash and dronein the raw music style favored by the likes of R.L. Burnside, Jessie Mae Hemphill,and other purveyors of that fine hill country sound.

These George Mitchell sessions are special—not only because they featurethe late Johnny Woods, harp player and whiskey drinker extraordinaire—butbecause they capture McDowell at his frenetic best, playing the "straightand natchel blues" that he loved. Compare this album to I Do Not PlayNo Rock 'n' Roll, recorded in the studio two years later—whetheror not you've ever stepped foot in the Magnolia State, you can perceptiblyfeel the difference. Here, Fred plays for his buddies—and for himself.He's rough, gritty, and loud enough to transcend the sounds of the crapsgame going on underfoot. And that, friends, is the best music there is.