The Mississippi Band

2000

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The Mississippi Band explores many musical styles and genres on this album. This makes each song on the album a unique adventure, with a new twist on each track. This keeps the listener entertained to the max, never tiring of the same old grind or groove. All the songs are masterfully presented by extremely talented musicians of the highest caliber who employ familiar chops with original proclivity. There are some sweet slide guitar licks that kick off the album on the first track from the album, "Down to the River." The song is in a blues style with some melodic lyrics that have a solid groove. The electric lead guitar and slide guitar get into a powerful jam in the bridge, which lends color and depth. "Days of '49," which falls under the category of public domain, has a very original groove. The straight rock beat has elements that are Bob Dylanesque, when he was jamming heavy with the Band. The excellent lead guitar work adds another dynamic dimension to the electric melody. "I Know You Rider" is another tune that falls under public domain but has an original twist. It has a groove that contains echoes of the Grateful Dead, which comes from the rock-filled beat and excellent vocal presentation. The rootsy chops from the lead guitar also have Jerry Garcia-esque jam phrases coloring the solos. One exclusive element is the genuine sax solo that is formidable and charismatic. The bottom line is, if one is a Deadhead, this is going to be the frosting on the cake. The Mississippi Band does an excellent job of presenting some masterfully crafted songs, taking some cover tunes and giving their original interpretations. They draw on some formidable influences to get a sound that is familiar but fresh with instrumental accentuations or sometimes merely use vocal essence for originality. Overall, the final product is a very entertaining album, which at times has songwriting that suggests pure genius.