Beyond the Delta
The sounds of the Delta Blues moved upriver to Redstar Union in Cambridge, MA on March 8 when Blues Music Award nominee & Redstar/Vizztone recording artist Peter Parcek curated a beautiful tribute to the masters of the Delta. Peter assembled a varied cast of some of Boston’s best musicians from the worlds of Folk, Bluegrass, Rock, and Americana to create their own innovative interpretations of classics by Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Son House, Tommy & Blind Willie Johnson, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Skip James, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf & others.
Christian McNeill opened with two haunting Skip James classics. Melissa Ferrick movingly re-imagined “Further On Up The Road” and two gorgeous pieces by Skip James. Dennis Brennan offered a truly inspired take on Robert Johnson’s “Last Fair Deal Gone Down” along with Robert Lockwood Jr’s “Aw Aw Baby” & an original composition inspired by the Blues masters. Jimmy Ryan and the Monday Bluegrass Band followed with rousing renditions of pieces by Robert Johnson, Mississippi Fred McDowell and others in a fiery Bluegrass mode.
It was a fitting tribute to the enduring majesty of the music & masters of the Delta Blues.