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candice ivory

the queen of avant soul

CANDICE IVORY

HEAVEN SOUL

"WHEN THE LEVEE BREAKS
THE MUSIC OF MEMPHIS MINNIE"

LITTLE VILLAGE FOUNDATION - 2023

RELEASE DATE: OCTOBER 6, 2023

(USA)

Musicians:
Candice Ivory - vocals
Charlie Hunter - guitar, bass
DaShawn Hickman - pedal steel
George Sluppick - drums
Brevan HYampden - percussion
Atiba Rorie - percussion

Tracklist:
01 Me and My Chauffeur 03:32
02 When The Levee Breaks 03:34
03 You Can't Rule Me 02:42
04 When You Love Me 02:38
05 Blues EverywhereB03:48
06 Crazy Crying Blues 05:10
07 World of Trouble 04:32
08 Pile Driving Blues 03:31
09 Hole In The Wall 03:53
10 Hard Down Lie 04:56
11 HooDoo Lady 03:18
12 New Bumble Bee 04:20

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MEMPHIS MINNIE (ELIZABETH DOUGLAS)

(1897-1973)

Listen to samples
00:00 / 09:00
Memphis Minnie - When the Levee Breaks
00:00 / 03:11

This album is a wonderful work of conceptual music, located at a crossroads where shadows are illuminated. The blueswoman guitarist and singer Memphis Minnie recorded "When The Levee Breaks" in 1929, which we laymen knew through the rock band Led Zeppelin, a song that closed their fourth album. Candice Ivory has used the song to give name to her fourth recording and present twelve of the more than two hundred songs that Minnie recorded throughout her life. Probably if Ivory had made an album where she covered Memphis Minnie's songs with greater or lesser fidelity, the result could have been excellent, but " When The Levee Breaks" is not about that. Musical creativity rarely provides moments in which it transcends any attempt at perfection and genius solidity, to culminate a work that goes beyond the music itself and provides an unexpected and decontextualized vision of some compositions turned into pure magic. In this blues album, a soul singer sings the blues behind an instrumentation of omnipresent percussions, unpretentious guitars that become essential, creating a critically unsurpassable atmosphere. And also the voice of a singer not only impeccable but simply perfect. "When The Levee Breaks - The Songs Of Memphis Minnie" is a work of musical art, it's the blues when the candles never go out, it's a reference for the blues of the future.

PREVIOUS RECORDINGS

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2015

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2005

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2003

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