Listener's Circle Vol. 22

by Music Maker Recordings

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Homesick James was a blues musician known for his mastery of slide guitar, which he developed as a teen playing at local dances. Born in Sommerville, Tennessee in 1910 to two musicians, Homesick also claimed to be the older cousin of Elmore James whose band he was a part of from 1955 to 1963. It is said that Homesick not only bought his cousin his first guitar and taught him to play slide, but also that James died on his couch, while Homesick frantically searched for James’ heart pills.

In the spring of 1995, my dear friend and drummer Ardie Dean (who was Homesick’s drummer when he was living in Nashville) called to tell me Homesick was down on his luck and staying out at his old family home, but was up to making a record with us.

The next week, I met up with Ardie in Nashville and we drove out into the country and spent two days with a very dour and cantankerous Homesick James. Most of the session he talked and we recorded 6 hours of him just ranting on about his life. This set is the best of the songs we recorded during that visit.

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released March 1, 2017

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Music Maker Recordings Hillsborough, North Carolina

The Music Maker Relief Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, was founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it, ensuring their voices will not be silenced by poverty and time.

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