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James 'Yank' Rachell - A Tribute To The Legendary Blues Mandolin Man

A Tribute To The Legendary Blues Mandolin Man

James "Yank" Rachell (1910-1997)

Yanksville Records - YR012708

Available from Mandolindy.com.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Tampa Blue
(tampablue AT tampablue.com)

Every once in a while a tribute CD is released that was worth the effort! A Tribute To The Legendary Blues Mandolin Man is one of those.

This is a great collection of great songs with great musicians. Almost all of the tunes were penned by Rachell or were closely associated with him. Songs like She Caught The Katy (bet you thought Taj Mahal wrote it) or Divin' Duck (bet you thought someone else wrote it). A great Yank song I had somehow missed before names, Texas Tony. There's a whole slew of other songs that anyone interested in the blues should be hear. For example: Shotgun Blues, Cigarette Blues and My Baby's Gone.

The legends and luminaries that contributed to this collection are testimony enough of the stature Yank Rachell's music has in the blues community. There are not a lot of CDs where you will find Rich DelGrosso, John Sebastian, David Grisman, Andra Faye, Peter Rowan, Mike Seeger, Tim Duffy and the ubiquitous many more. A lot of folks do not realize the significant role the mandolin had in early blues and roots music. This collection is not only a highly entertaining anthology in tribute to a great musician but it might serve as a piece of stealth education.

Listen to Bert Deivert's rendition of Seems Like A Dream or Andra Faye's version of My Baby's Gone and you will understand the importance of mandolin and Yank Rachell!

Track List:

  • Texas Tony
  • Shotgun Blues
  • She Caught The Katy
  • Moonshine Whiskey
  • Sebastian Speaks (John Sebastian)
  • Tappin' That Thing
  • My Baby's Gone
  • Sitting On Top Of The World (Traditional)
  • Divin' Duck
  • Deep Elam Blues (Traditional)
  • My Mind Got Bad
  • Bluesy Little Tune (Stanley Smith)
  • Depression Blues
  • Gonna Get Up In The Morning
  • Let Me Tangle In Your Potato Vines
  • Brownsville Blues (Sleepy John Estes)
  • Seems Like A Dream
  • Wadie Green
  • Lake Michigan Blues
  • Cigarette Blues
  • Freedom (Traditional)
All songs by James "Yank" Rachell except as noted.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
 

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