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Dust My Broom

Elmore James

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Album Review

Tomato's Dust My Broom collects some of the last recordings of Elmore James' career, including "Baby Please Set a Date," "The Sky Is Crying," "Done Somebody Wrong," and "Shake Your Moneymaker." As is expected, James' incendiary slide guitar cuts through every track. "Rollin' and Tumblin'," "Anna Lee," "Fine Little Mama," and "One Way Out" are some of the other highlights of this collection, which may not be as definitive as Rhino's The Sky Is Crying, but still offers enough essential songs and performances to make it worthwhile.

Biography

Born: 27 January 1918 in Richland, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s

No two ways about it, the most influential slide guitarist of the postwar period was Elmore James, hands down. Although his early demise from heart failure kept him from enjoying the fruits of the '60s blues revival as his contemporaries Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf did, James left a wide influential trail behind him. And that influence continues to the present time — in approach, attitude and tone — in just about every guitar player who puts a slide on his finger and wails the blues....
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