Stars Help Blues Vet Sumlin Step Into 'Shoes'

Tue Nov 9 04:04:21 EST 2004

Stars Help Blues Vet Sumlin Step Into 'Shoes'
Mon Nov 8, 2004 06:38 PM ET

By Jonathan Cohen
NEW YORK (Billboard) - Blues veteran Hubert Sumlin is surrounded by such
legends as Keith Richards and Eric Clapton on his new album, "About Them

The 13-track set is due Jan. 25 via Tone-Cool/Artemis and also features
appearances by the New York Dolls' David Johansen, the Band's Levon Helm and
Sumlin's longtime collaborator, harmonica player James Cotton.

The set features seven songs popularized by Muddy Waters, four by Willie
Dixon, one penned by Carl C. Wright and one Sumlin original. Richards guests
on Waters' "Still a Fool" and the new song "Little Girl, This Is the End,"
while Johansen lends a hand on Waters' "Walkin' Through the Park" and
Dixon's "The Same Thing."

Clapton drops by for Dixon's "I'm Ready" and Waters' "Long Distance Call."
He and Sumlin played together this summer at the former's Crossroads Guitar
Festival in Dallas, highlights of which will be released on DVD Tuesday
(Nov. 9) via Duck/Reprise.

The lone dates on Sumlin's upcoming tour itinerary are Nov. 12-13 at the
Blues Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. Cotton is also on the bill for the
second night of the event.



You are the music while the music lasts.
--T. S. Eliot

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