The World Don't Owe Me Nothing

Label
Earwig Music
Running length
15 tracks
Running time
92:35

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 West Helena Blues 8:50 303
2 Walkin Blues 9:45 104
3 Robert Johnson Story 8:08 183
4 Catfish Blues 2:57 1,290
5 Every Now And Then 8:18 120
6 My Mama Told Me 8:09 131
7 Crossroads 6:46 858
8 Too Many Drivers 5:33 111
9 Robert Nighthawk Story 2:11 94
10 You're The One 6:30 152
11 Comin' To Chicago Story 1:22 90
12 Sweet Home Chicago 3:09 804
13 Carey Bell Story 4:43 77
14 So Hard to Leave You 8:54 81
15 Hide Away 7:20 70

About this album

Personnel:
David Honeyboy Edwards (vocals, guitar)
Carey Bell Harrington (vocals, harmonica)
Rick Sherry (harmonica, washboard)

Recorded live at Fox Island Place, Sky Club and Waubonsee Community College, Aurora, Illinois in 1996 and 1997.

This is a companion disc to Honeyboy Edwards’ autobiography of the same name. It features full-length performances along with interview segments that tell some of the great stories of the blues, particularly trenchant being Edwards’ version of the night of Robert Johnson’s death. Musical high points include

several turns on Johnson material like “Walkin’ Blues,” “Sweet Home Chicago” and “Crossroads,” the latter featuring some slashing slide work from Edwards.

Carey Bell contributes some great harp to Edwards’ lone guitar, and on other tracks Edwards is ably supported by Rick Sherry on harmonica and washboard.

With his timing as idiosyncratic as ever, Edwards also brings a couple of fine originals to the table with “My Mama Told Me” and “Every Now and Then.” A great lion-in-winter recording with more than its share of oddball quirks, this is one great listening experience. —- by Cub Koda, All Music Guide

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